We took part in the Big Butterfly Count - between the showers - along with thousands of other volunteers, and the dismal results show numbers have fallen for nearly all the species monitored in the nationwide survey.
And it's not just the rarer ones either; the more common species like Tortoiseshells and the Large and Small Whites are struggling as well.
To raise awareness about this, lots of events are being held across the country from the 18th to the 24th of May - all part of Save Our Butterflies Week. If you'd like to find out about any guided walks or talk sessions happening near you, do have a look at the Butterfly Conservation website.
Keeping track of the butterfly population has wider implications too, because it's seen as a really good indicator of the state of our countryside.
I know I'm more conscious of them since the BB Count last year, and was pretty excited the other day when I spotted a not so common, Common Blue fluttering by a road in Hereford. I haven't seen one of these bright little beauties for ages, and got a few funny looks as I clambered up a grassy bank after it...
So, as the weather seems to have picked up a bit, I thought we'd have a go at butterfly hunting in the garden, to see what we could find.
A slow start - loads of bees, no butterflies - then suddenly there were 3 Orange Tips floating around us. It was at this point I grabbed the cat and chucked her inside because she thought butterfly hunting was BRILLIANT...and looked like she might be a little too good at it...
Apart from removing the cat, one simple way to entice butterflies and caterpillars into your garden is to leave a patch of wildflowers - and they're very fond of nettles, which is perfect, because that's something we're definitely not short of.
After a fair bit of chasing....
....and not a single butterfly photo to show for it, my luck changed, and I managed to zoom in on this Small White (I think - several different white ones) on a dock leaf.
Then we spotted an Orange Tip, landing on a daisy. Amazingly it rested there for a while, so I snapped away..
But the icing on the cake was this rare sighting of a lesser spotted chocolate button butterfly... apparently only appears on birthdays...and it's never around for long..
Linking up with Country Kids from Coombe Mill