Whilst men splash it all over, butterflies have evolved to produce a strongly scented chemical in their genitals that they leave behind after sex to deter other males from pursuing their women.
B-Lines is a response to the decline of bees and other pollinating insects, a plan for how to reconnect our wild places by creating a network of wildflowers across our landscapes.
It has seen a reduction in the average number of butterflies logged per count of -34% in comparison with 2019 .
The Small Copper butterfly appears to be struggling, with numbers in Scotland falling by a third in the last ten years.
The Mabie Forest nature reserve near Dumfries is one of the richest Scottish sites for butterflies.
The public have been asked to help in monitoring and recording butterflies as lockdown has restricted movement to the scientists who would have been out and about doing it.
“Even something as simple as going to a local public park or sitting by a window to watch butterflies can be beneficial to our mental health.”
“It is wonderful when we can live alongside the beauty of nature and enjoy its many physical and mental benefits.”
Have you seen many red admirals this year?
Even when the Ring of Brodgar is hotching with visitors you can still find places away from the madding crowds.