The butterfly only visible at 1,500ft

Michael McCarthy travels to the Lake District in the latest stage of our Great British Butterfly Hunt

Butterflies that bring glamour to the Norfolk Broads

Driving hundreds of miles to see Britain's largest butterfly, the exotically coloured swallowtail, is a price worth paying for Michael McCarthy

Crawling with great ideas: The 'future garden' festival focuses on conservation and insect-friendly innovation

"When I was a kid, growing up in wartime London," says David Bellamy, "there were butterflies everywhere." Clouds of African butterflies have been back in Britain this May, reminding us of what we have lost. Several million Painted Ladies dropped in from Morocco for a summer stint in our green and pleasant gardens, providing a tantalising glimpse of the riches of the past.

The butterfly that came back from the dead – thanks to the red ant

Michael McCarthy celebrates the 25th anniversary of large blue's reappearance

Epic trip to trace the remotest of our native butterflies

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Michael McCarthy: A special hat-trick on a special island

Nature Notebook: The countryside is as unspoiled as Dorset must have been 30 years ago

Large skipper

Butterfly chaser who was branded mad for her pursuit of the insects

The latest leg of our hunt takes us to the Isle of Wight to hear the inspiring story of Eleanor Glanville

Matthew Bell: Never mind your woollies – there's a rare species at risk

Our writer flies to the defence of the poor, misunderstood moth

Herts is where the home of butterflies is

Within earshot of the M25, a giant dome is being built to house thousands of insects and birds. Michael McCarthy reports

Last chance to see chequered gems heading for extinction

Fritillaries are wonders of nature – can we find them before they disappear forever?

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What do Kate Winslet, Ricky Gervais and Tony Blair have in common? Aside from a propensity for making embarrassing speeches, that is. The answer, unexpectedly, lies with butterflies.

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Hamearis lucina

Grizzled skipper

Pyrgus malvae

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