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In pictures: UK butterflies (part one)

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Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 14:36 UK time, Friday, 1 July 2011

The UK has 56 species of butterfly and by my reckoning every last one of them has been photographed and shared on either our Springwatch or Summerwatch photo groups. In honour of these most eye-catching of insects and also of all the hard work, skill and talent of our photographers, over the next few days I'm going to post pics of every species, all taken from these groups. First up, it's A to C... adonis to common blue.

Update 7 July: Just posted part two: Dark green fritillary to holly blue.

Update 18 July: Part three now live: Large blue to orange tip.

With a bit of luck, these gorgeous photos will help you identify the butterflies you see out and about but if you want to be sure I'd strongly recommend using Butterfly Conservation's online identifier. Type in where you saw it, its size, colour and markings and it will tell you what butterfly you spotted.

If these photos spark an interest then have a read of two articles Butterfly Conservation's Richard Fox wrote for us: UK butterflies: Winners and losers and Why the UK's butterflies are in trouble.

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