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Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 13:30 UK time, Tuesday, 27 July 2010

No, we're not forcing them to use calculators and do our maths homework...

Our colourful little friends are in real trouble with almost half of UK butterflies under threat and 70% of common moths being in serious decline.

Environmental changes and loss of habitat - particularly farmland are thought to be the main contributing factors for their demise.

We've had dozens of stunning butterfly images submitted to our Flickr group this summer and they are a firm favourite amongst wildlife photographers and nature lovers all over Wales.

Welsh naturalist Iolo Williams has joined forces with Butterfly Conservation to raise awareness about dwindling numbers here in Wales.

Iolo recently visited Wynn Gardens at Old Colwyn and urged everyone to get involved to help build up a picture of how the insects are faring across the UK.

A pair of common blues by Dr Murray from our Flickr group:

Sir David Attenborough - the granddaddy of all things natural history has also added his considerable backing to the campaign which runs from 25 July to 1 August.

Over the last hundred years, 4 species of butterfly and over sixty moths have become extinct - gone forever and let's face it - summer would be pretty dull without them.

Visit the Butterfly Conservation website to find out how you can help.

You can download a free butterfly ID chart and log your sightings online. Choose a location and spend fifteen minutes there counting butterflies - it's that simple.

Read a BBC News Online article about the campaign

Watch a video about moths & butterflies on our website.



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