The Large Blue: Back in Britain
by Butterfly Conservation
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After a period of dramatic decline, the Large Blue butterfly became extinct in Britain in 1979. Remarkably, it has risen from the ashes thanks to a long-term project backed by Butterfly Conservation.
The recovery has been almost 30 years in the making, after Large Blues were reintroduced back into Britain from healthy colonies in Scandinavia. It has involved painstaking scientific research, led by Butterfly Conservation's Vice-President, Professor Jeremy Thomas, to uncover their bizarre lifecycle - caterpillars live underground in a specific species of ants’ nests, eating their grubs.
The Large Blue has made fantastic progress, particularly in the Polden Hills, Somerset, where the butterfly's recolonisation is considered to be one of the world's most notable conservation successes.
The future for the Large Blue looks bright, but only if the programme of intensive habitat restoration, site management and reintroductions can continue, and that relies on funding.
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