17 Mar '12, 9pm

Mild Winter, Early Spring: Bad News for Butterflies and Bees | Care2 Causes

Mild Winter, Early Spring: Bad News for Butterflies and Bees | Care2 Causes

Spring has sprung decidedly early this year, with children where I live on the East Coast already wearing shorts to school. But the early spring is bad news for butterflies. Carol Boggs, a biologist at Stanford University, and other researchers have traced a decline in the population of the Mormon Fritillary butterfly (Speyeria mormonia ) to snowmelt caused by climate change in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The early snowmelt has led to a decrease in the number of flowers, which has in turn decreased how much nectar is available for butterflies to feed on. The researchers’ findings have been published in the journal Ecology Letters . In their first summer, butterflies lay eggs and then die; laboratory experiments have determined that the amount of nectar a butterfly consumes affects the numbers of eggs she lays. The caterpillars from the eggs do not eat during the winter a...

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