13 Mar '18, 7am

Why protecting our butterflies is vital to the environment

Butterflies and moths are the barometer of our environment. They are sensitive to change and considering they have four stages of life - egg, caterpillar, pupae and finally the butterfly - it’s no wonder they are so affected. If you’d like more information about how to make your garden more butterfly friendly, visit Clive’s ultimate guide to butterflies . The State of the Nations Butterfly report which is published every five years shows long term and ten year trends – and it’s waving a danger flag. The most recent report published in 2015 indicates that overall a staggering 76 percent of our butterflies declined in abundance and occurrence over the past 40 years - indeed some species such as the Large Blue are protected by law. Pollinated by insects Four species of butterfly have become extinct over the past 150 years and the rest face an uncertain future. Our moths are d...

Full article: https://theecologist.org/2018/mar/13/why-protecting-our-b...

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