Wildlife crime !

A man has appeared in court charged with capturing, killing and possessing specimens of the UK's rarest butterfly.

Phillip Cullen, 57, is accused of six offences relating to Large Blue (Maculinea arion) butterflies, which are endangered globally.

He is alleged to have captured and killed one Large Blue from Daneway Banks near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on June 18 in 2015.

Cullen is also said to have captured and killed a second Large Blue from Collard Hill, near Street, Somerset, between June 17 and 20 that year.

Bristol Magistrates' Court heard the butterflies were found at Cullen's home in Cadbury Heath, Bristol, on Feb 13 in 2016.

He denies six charges, relating to two Large Blue butterflies, and will stand trial at the court on March 16.

full story can be read at Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/10/man-court-charged-withkilling-uks-rarest-butterfly/