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Climate Warming Keeps Red Admiral Butterflies in UK

Climate change keeping red admiral butterfly migration patterns in UK.

In July, a nonprofit organisation documented a fourfold increase in sightings of the gorgeous red admiral butterflies.

The number of sightings has increased by almost 175,000 from the same time last year.

According to Butterfly Conservation, “there can be no doubt climate change is the driver” of the rise.

The red admiral, with its characteristic dark brown body, red stripes, and white spots, is a regular sight in British and Irish gardens, although it is really a migratory species from continental Europe and North Africa.

Every year during the warmer months of the year, the females make the long journey to the UK to nest.

In accordance to the experts, there have been more sightings this year since more individuals seem to be spending the winter in southern England.


The Big Butterfly Count revealed that there was a 400% increase in occurrences of red admirals this year between July 14 and August 2.

Scientists from Butterfly Conservation will keep counting red admirals until August 6 to have a better idea of the species’ distribution in the United Kingdom.

Since the count began, 177,000 sightings of red admirals have been reported by butterfly watchers online.

It is likely that more red admirals may now spend the winter in the UK due to increasing global temperatures.

According to Butterfly Conservation, an organisation that seeks to halt the extinction of the world’s most imperilled species.

“We’ve surprised to see the red admiral taking the lead; however, with the increased frequency of warm weather, the UK may well become a permanent home for this species,” said Dr. Zoe Randle, senior surveys officer at the organisation.

It’s more important than ever that people become involved in studying the effects of climate change on butterflies.

So far this year, the Big Butterfly Count has seen approximately 65,000 people report over one million butterfly sightings.

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