Positive News! Previously Extinct Large Blue Butterfly Back in UK

August 13, 2020 by No Comments

Good news! The Large Blue Butterfly has been reintroduced to the UK for the first time since being declared extinct in Britain in 1979. Around 750 butterflies emerged this year after scientists introduced 1,100 larvae to Gloucestershire, England last year.

Why is this good news? The researchers spent five years preparing the area to make it suitable for the butterflies to flourish. Most notably, they ensured there were plenty of red ants in the area. Red ants are crucial to the butterflies development, as the larvae trick the ants into bringing it into their nests. Once it is there, it feeds on ant grubs until the following summer when it is ready to emerge. How do you feel about this good news story? Let us know in the comments below!