The pandemic provoked the reproduction of rare species of insects

During the pandemic, the number of moths and butterflies has increased – scientists record the reproduction of rare species of insects.

Data from the National Moth Registration System show that in 2020 the number of people reporting different types of moths increased by about a third, and sales of insect traps also increased.

In Cheshire, seven species new to the county were recorded in 2020, including light feathered rustic and beautiful marble. It was also a record year in abundance for rare species that can migrate from region to region.

In Yorkshire, the number of annual moth records for 2020 has grown by about a quarter.

Over the past 50 years, the number of large moths in the UK has decreased by a third due to changes in habitat, climate and environmental pollution. Climate change, meanwhile, also means warmer-weather species have expanded their range across the UK.

Scientists note that moths have a negative reputation as insects that spoil the wardrobe, but only two common species out of 2,500 do this.

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