'Extinct' butterfly species reappears in UK

Hoping some of you saw this story in the media over the weekend. This is one of those instances where, should you actually see one, it would be sensible to tick the box that hides the precise location.

Thanks for head’s up

There’s a suspicion that someone released the butterflies into the wild.

Yes, I read that. Don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad. At least it is a native species.

Interesting that it is ok to release large blue butterfly though.

It is widely believed that the reappearance of Purple Emperor locally is an ‘unofficial reintroduction’.

The butterfly conservation trust has received news from people about the black veined white near London they gave a statement and they say it was likely they were released like in the article but also said they don’t support un planned introductions without proper research