A BUTTERFLY which has been struggling for the last 40 years could be making a comeback, says the Lulworth-based wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation.

The Common Blue is the most widespread of the UK’s blue butterflies and during the record-breaking hot weather in 2018, the butterfly’s numbers soared across the UK, increasing by 104 per cent on the previous summer.

Now, with the country experiencing another heatwave and the Met Office forecasting above average temperatures throughout August, experts are predicting the Common Blue could see its best ever summer.

As part of this year’s Big Butterfly Count, running until August 11, Butterfly Conservation has teamed up with Campaign for National Parks to ask the public to look out for and record the Common Blue at the parks they work to protect across England and Wales.

Butterfly Conservation senior surveys officer Dr Zoe Randle said: “In England last year the butterfly’s numbers were up 110 per cent from 2017 and in Wales their numbers were up 94 per cent for the same period.

"However, numbers of the first brood which emerged in June were slightly down on last year, so it will be interesting to see how the second brood emerging in August will respond to the heatwave.

“It would really help us if people could get outside and look for this butterfly, so we can see if its fortunes really have turned around or if the Common Blue still needs our help."

Visit bigbutterflycount.org for details.