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20 March 2013

Extinct butterfly rediscovered in Cornwall

Cornwall's diverse and interesting wildlife has always been one of the most attractive features of the county, and a recent discovery is sure to get many more flocking to cottages in Cornwall. A rare species of butterfly was recently rediscovered in Cornwall over 20 years since it was thought to have become extinct.

Eggs of the rare white-letter hairstreak butterfly were found in two separate sites in South East Cornwall after a survey was carried out by the Cornwall branch of wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation. Philip Hambly, chairman of the charity, has said that this is "fantastic news" for all of those who are interested in Cornwall's wildlife, and that this rediscovery now means that there are 43 different species of butterfly in the county.

It is hoped that the caterpillars will thrive in the natural surroundings of Cornwall and will continue to repopulate the area. Although repopulation will take a number of years, the distinctive butterfly could soon be seen by visitors enjoying a cottage holiday in Cornwall.

Image Credit: Zeynel Cebeci (commons.wikimedia.org)

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