But­ter­fly spreads its wings to sev­eral new Scots habi­tats

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A BUT­TER­FLY once re­stricted to a small part of Scot­land is mak­ing a come­back by ex­pand­ing its range in the coun­try­side and mov­ing into cities.

Just 50 years ago the Speck­led Wood could only be found in small num­bers on the west coast and around In­ver­ness, but since then, its pop­u­la­tion has ex­panded rapidly.

In the last five years the but­ter­fly has colonised Ed­in­burgh’s green spa­ces and has re­cently moved into Aberdeen.

The Speck­led Wood has ex­pe­ri­enced an ex­tra­or­di­nary 71% in­crease in dis­tri­bu­tion and 84% in­crease in abun­dance across the UK in the last 40 years due to warm­ing cli­mate.

An­thony Mccluskey, But­ter­fly Con­ser­va­tion Scot­land’s Ur­ban But­ter­fly Pro­ject Of­fi­cer, said: “Un­til this year, the only sight­ing of a Speck­led Wood in Aberdeen was in 2015 at Hil­ton Woods, but now it’s been seen all over the city, in­clud­ing south of the Dee at the Kin­corth Hill Na­ture Re­serve.

“This is re­ally ex­cit­ing news it’s now clear the but­ter­fly has be­come es­tab­lished here and Aber­do­nians can add a new species of but­ter­fly to the list of in­sects found fly­ing through­out the city.”

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