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12 Jun 18 20:36
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Outskirts of York in North Yorkshire, glorious countryside but where have all the butterflies gone, us humans wiping everything out!
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Report terry mccann June 12, 2018 8:39 PM BST
Same answer as the bees and most inserts buddyCry
Report brassneck June 12, 2018 9:38 PM BST
if you see a blue butterfly its a sign you are about to win money.
Report akabula June 12, 2018 11:46 PM BST
My gardens full of them.
Report DenzilPenberthy June 13, 2018 1:19 AM BST
Plenty at the riversides definitely not as many elsewhere
Report themightymac June 13, 2018 1:46 AM BST
Average life span of a Butterfly is two weeks, not a lot of people know that.
Report DenzilPenberthy June 13, 2018 2:36 AM BST
The Monarch migration from Canada to Mexico is absolutely staggering when you think of it,about 3400 miles and four generations are born and die on the trip given the journey time.
Report Makybe_Diva June 13, 2018 7:33 AM BST
Butterfly Waltz Love
Report Aspro June 13, 2018 9:53 AM BST

Jun 12, 2018 -- 7:46PM, themightymac wrote:

Average life span of a Butterfly is two weeks, not a lot of people know that.

I was struggling to find something to learn today. Thanks for that tmm

Report dunlaying June 13, 2018 9:58 AM BST
I have only seen one butterfly so far and that might have been a moth . The Bees arrived Monday the day that the borage flowered .
Report trilby22 June 13, 2018 10:20 AM BST
Seen a Red Admiral yesterday (Perth) but they'll all be hiding up here with what the weather's going to dump on us later this avo.
Report Make my hay June 13, 2018 6:42 PM BST
There's always loads of butterflies about when my buddleia is in bloom, got a few more weeks to go yet.
Report themightymac June 13, 2018 8:00 PM BST
No problem aspro.

Butterflies also live on an all liquid diet and taste possible food sources through their feet.
Report themightymac June 13, 2018 8:01 PM BST
All these magnificent creatures are in danger and face extinction. Pesticides being the main problem.
Report themightymac June 13, 2018 8:02 PM BST
and with the biggest Pests being the so called human race.
Report Aspro June 13, 2018 8:12 PM BST
Even we won't last forever
Report alun2005 June 13, 2018 8:27 PM BST
The Jam : ‘The Butterfly Collector’


Scott Walker : ’Butterfly’


The Coral  :  ‘Butterfly House’

Report lfc1971 June 13, 2018 8:39 PM BST
Whats the point of living for 2 weeks? that doesn't seem to make any sense
Report smirnoff2therescue June 13, 2018 8:54 PM BST
Can honestly say ive not seen one butterfly so far this year...... and yet they were in abundance in my youth when a fishing net and a jam jar with holes punched in the jar lid by a fork  were a must for any young lad - stopped many a game of footy back in the day
Report trilby22 June 13, 2018 9:24 PM BST

Jun 12, 2018 -- 7:46PM, themightymac wrote:

Average life span of a Butterfly is two weeks, not a lot of people know that.

Sorry Mac but according to

How long butterflies live depends on many things and varies greatly. It depends on the size of the butterfly, the species of the butterfly, where it lives, and what time of year it became an adult.  For example, if the butterfly is of the smaller version it will probably not live as long, but if it is a larger butterfly, it will live longer.  Now of course the size of the butterfly is not going to be the only factor of how long a butterfly will live, but does attribute to it.

There is an average life span of a butterfly - it is usually about one month.  Although the smallest butterflies that you can usually spot feasting on the flowers in your front yard will usually only live about one week.  Mourning Cloaks, some tropical Heliconians, and Monarchs are some of the only butterflies that have an average life span of about nine months.

Now as many of you know, butterflies are cold-blooded creatures, so there is another factor to take into consideration when you are dealing with butterflies; the climate.  For instance, if the butterfly egg has been laid just before the cold weather hits, the egg will stay in egg-form until the weather warms and as soon as it does, the caterpillar will hatch and everything will start again.  If the butterfly is an adult butterfly and the weather starts to turn colder and they did not migrate south, the butterfly will hibernate somewhere until the weather warms. What this means is that a butterfly could technically live for many months past the average life span, it all just depends on the climate and what stage of live the butterflies is in when winter comes.

There is also a difference between how long a butterfly would live if it was not living in the wild and how long it will actually live. Butterflies in the wild are exposed to many predators like birds and other insects, so may not live as long as they are capable of. 
Here is an article all about the Monarch Life Span: http://www.monarch-butterfly. com/life-span.html

Report lfc1971 June 13, 2018 9:27 PM BST
Report lfc1971 June 13, 2018 9:42 PM BST
perhaps they just go to sleep, until the next summer comes around again

I hope so
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