Butterfly spreads its wings to several new Scots habitats
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.”