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Summer is a busy time for plants and animals. Here are some British wildlife highlights to look out for at this time of year.
These pink and olive-green moths emerge at dusk to feed on nectar-rich flowers such as honeysuckle. Towards the end of summer you're more likely to see the large, eye-catching caterpillars.
Explore what other colourful moths you might see in the UK.
Stinging nettles might feel unfriendly to us, but they are good companions to many British butterfly caterpillars.
Red admiral, small tortoiseshell, painted lady and comma butterfly caterpillars all feast on stinging nettle leaves in summer.
Find out what other plants butterflies like.
This strange foam found on plants is a protection bubble formed around froghopper insects. They make it while they are in their juvenile stage by blowing bubbles from their anus.
Watch our froghopper behaviour video on Facebook.
This plant grows in shallow streams, rivers, bogs and other watery places in the UK. From July to October, water mint has pale purple flowers that beetles and butterflies love.
Water mint can be used like regular mint in drinks although it has a strong flavour, so you might not want to use too much.
Look in a park or garden for a yellow ladybird with 22 black spots. This tiny beetle is only 3-4mm long. Rather than eating aphids like most ladybirds, this one feeds on mildew - a kind of fungus - growing on plants.
Discover more beautiful UK beetles.
A summer visitor to the UK, these social birds swoop and feed high in the air. Swifts eat, drink, mate and even sleep while flying.
Discover what other bird species you are likely to spot this summer.
Many UK streets are lined with lime trees. In summer, these have a dense foliage of heart-shaped leaves. Sweetly scented flowers are followed by tiny, dry fruit. The flowers are yellow-white in colour and popular with bees.
Learn about other common street trees.
Pipistrelle bats eat flying insects and emerge at dusk to hunt. You might see them swooping above waterways or by woodland glades. You could also spot these tiny mammals - the UK's most common bat - chasing their prey around streetlights or above parks and gardens.
Females give birth in June and July, and their babies are ready to leave the roost in August.
Check out our guide to identifying five common UK bats.
Wild carrot flowerheads are made up of lots of tiny white flowers. A dark red flower in the centre helps to attract pollinators. This plant likes to grow in fields, meadows and on disturbed ground next to roads.
Fox cubs are mostly born in March. You might see the cubs playing or relaxing in the sunshine as they grow over the summer.
Learn about the secret life of urban foxes.
Bee orchids mimic the shape and scent of bees to lure them into 'pseudocopulation', where the male insect attempts to mate with the flower. In the UK the orchid pollinates itself as its partner bee doesn't live here.
Growing in grassy areas, including on disturbed ground, this orchid is one of the most likely to establish itself in towns and cities. It can even turn up in unmown lawns. However, it is scarce or absent from Cornwall, north Devon and Scotland.
Watch our video about bee orchids.
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Every year, more people are reading our articles to learn about the challenges facing the natural world. Our future depends on nature, but we are not doing enough to protect our life support system.
British wildlife is under threat. The animals and plants that make our island unique are facing a fight to survive. Hedgehog habitats are disappearing, porpoises are choking on plastic and ancient woodlands are being paved over.
But if we don't look after nature, nature can't look after us. We must act on scientific evidence, we must act together, and we must act now.
Despite the mounting pressures, hope is not lost. Museum scientists are working hard to understand and fight against the threats facing British wildlife.
For many, the Museum is a place that inspires learning, gives purpose and provides hope. People tell us they 'still get shivers walking through the front door', and thank us for inspiring the next generation of scientists.
To reverse the damage we've done and protect the future, we need the knowledge that comes from scientific discovery. Understanding and protecting life on our planet is the greatest scientific challenge of our age. And you can help.
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