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A warmer summer boosts butterfly numbers across the United Kingdom for 2013. This comes “as a relief” following historically low numbers for the summer of 2012.  Much of the data collection comes through the UK’s annual Big Butterfly Count which engages local citizen-scientists to help enumerate sightings of these beautiful insects.

(small tortoiseshell butterfly pictured)

via BBC:

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