Butterflies and moths chase sun in Hampshire

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EXOTIC butterflies and moths more usually found on the continent have been drawn to Hampshire in their droves because of the warm weather.

Experts say increasing numbers of the rare migrants are believed to have been drawn to the UK by the spell of hot summer weather and warm autumn temperatures.

The European Long-tailed Blue has raised broods at a swathe of sites along the south coast – the first time it has bred over such a large area.

Rare moths including the Clifden Nonpareil and Rosy Underwing have appeared across southern counties.

Richard Fox, of the Butterfly Conservation charity, said: ‘These sightings are very exciting news, not only for the people lucky enough to see these thrilling butterflies and moths in the wild but also for the future.’

Higher than average numbers of the exotic Crimson Speckled moth have been seen along the south coast.