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UK butterflies 'need good summer'

Butterflies need a warm summer in order to help numbers recover from last year's washout, say conservationists. Eight species are AT AN ALL-TIME LOW as a result of an unsuccessful summer in 2007. The main reason behind the decline was an above average rainfall, which meant the insects, such as the common blue, had fewer chances to feed or breed. Early forecasts suggest this summer could be wetter than average. But forecasters said the risk of exceptional downpours on the same scale as last year is very low.

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