Continental swallowtail breeding in UK for first time
Conservationists say spectacular butterfly seen hatching along the south coast, and could establish permanent foothold
by Patrick Barkham
Britain may have a spectacular new butterfly: dozens of continental swallowtails have been spotted along the south coast after being filmed emerging from pupae in gardens and allotments for the first time.
Unprecedented footage, which will be broadcast on Springwatch tonight, shows the first British generation of this charismatic, colourful butterfly hatching out in an ordinary garden after large caterpillars were spotted feeding in suburban Chichester, Eastbourne and Hastings last summer.
It raises hopes among butterfly lovers that the continental swallowtail will establish a permanent foothold in Britain, the first of potentially dozens of exciting new colonists created by climate change…
(read more: Guardian UK)
image: Matt Berry/Butterfly Conservation