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Butterflywatch: shedding new light on hibernation tactics

Observations of one enthusiast are revealing new facts about how butterflies get through winter

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Winter is the biggest challenge for British butterflies. Most species tackle it in their vulnerable caterpillar form, burrowing into leaf litter, while others such as the purple emperor gamble by lying on an exposed branch with only camouflage for protection.

Five of our 59 species hibernate as adult butterflies, beneath evergreen leaves or in the modern equivalent of a cave: the garden shed.

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