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Now it's Butterflies

 
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AndyC
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:57 pm    Post subject: Now it's Butterflies Reply with quote

So I read now that butterflies are declining despite a mild summer.

Of course there is no connection whatever to the catastrophic loss of bees.

Or is there?
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Ollie
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seen very few butterflies here this summer though quite a few caterpillars, some on nettle bed I keep for wildlife, some on blackcurrants and redcurrants kept for black birds and some on a rose. the redcurrants were striped of leaves. think the cause is probably in the title of this topic... pesticides..
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anyone see the programme on BBC4 last night on the Painted Lady ? They say its 70% down in numbers but still doing ok. They were here this summer in my garden.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No one really knows what damage the cocktail of pesticides they are using on millions of acres of farmland is doing to the planet.

And it's just too politically sensitive for our silly and ineffective government to stop it.

Forget global warming, that's long term, we need to stop poisoning our planet, right know.
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