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Another reason to hope for a warm summer – it's good for Britain's rarest butterflies

Some of Britain's most endangered butterflies appear to have enjoyed a comeback this year because of the recent spells of dry, warm weather which may have ended the run of three wet summers in a row, scientists said yesterday.

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More habitat needs to be created for butterflies to stop the declines in some of the UK's most well-loved insects, conservationists urged today.

Butterflies of the British Isles

You might say there are a myriad sorts of summers which make up our experience and linger in the memory – hot summers, wet summers, summers of awakening, summers of love, summers of cricket, summers on the beach, summers in the mountains, summers of unforgettable holidays, summers of dreadful holidays, summers of no holidays at all. And here we are celebrating yet another one.

A billion painted lady butterflies make for a record summer

The Independent's Butterfly Hunt boosted by sighting of Lulworth skipper

The butterfly with a woodland empire

In the latest stage of his butterfly hunt, Michael McCarthy goes down to the woods to see the purple emperor in action

Summer break – the time to spot the browns

They are the butterflies of high summer and of long hot dusty days – the ones that small children run after on their holidays; the ones we set flying whenever we walk through a grassy field.

Epic trip to trace the remotest of our native butterflies

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