23-08-2017 05:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Rare butterfly was last seen in 1884
A strikingly beautiful white- letter hairstreak butterfly was spotted in Scotland after a gap of 133 years. According to reports, it was last seen in the year 1884.
The rare endangered butterfly was spotted in Berwickshire, 100 metres from the English border. It is the 34th butterfly species to live and breed in Scotland. This sighting has been attributed to climate change.
Paul Kirkland of the Butterfly Conservation Scotland said that climate change is a double-edged sword but it's an exciting time to be in the Scottish borders. There are 59 butterfly species in Britain and more than a quarter of them is believed to have crossed the border to Scotland.
Usually, the white-letter hairstreak butterfly is difficult to be spotted as it normally lives out of sight at the tops of elm trees. However, earlier this month it was spotted in a field.
According to the UK butterfly monitoring survey, the white-letter hairstreak butterfly that earlier was found in large numbers across England and Wales has now suffered a 72 per cent decline over the last decade. Over the last 40 years, its numbers have gone down by 96 per cent.