Garden species such as small tortoiseshell, peacock and red admiral seem to have been among the worst hit.
Butterfly Conservation, which conducts an annual survey through volunteer spotters, says an accurate picture won't emerge until early next year when all the data has been analysed.
Chief executive Dr Martin Warren said: "There is no doubt that it has been dire for most species and unfortunately it follows an already bad run of summers.
"We are really concerned about the small tortoiseshell which has been in long-term decline and which seems to have reached a trough and stayed there."
Monday, August 25, 2008
Buddleias and butterflies
The Daily Telegraph reports that last two summers, which have been wet, have been bad for butterflies:
My own observation, based on the buddleia in my garden, is that this year has been bad for butterflies, but better than last year when I saw none at all. This year there are plenty of cabbage whites, but that is about it. A few years ago I was getting exotica like hummingbird hawk-moths.
There is much more on the Butterfly Conservation site.