19 Mar '12, 4pm

Oh no! - A Spring Sprung Too Soon Is a Death Blow to Butterfly

A Spring Sprung Too Soon Is Death Blow to a Butterfly By JOSIE GARTHWAITE Carol L. Boggs An early snow melt can cause a cascade of negative effects on the Mormon fritillary butterfly. Early snow melts caused by climate change could deliver a mighty one-two punch to the delicate Mormon fritillary butterfly, shrinking the insect’s favored nectar supply, killing caterpillars and causing a steep population decline, a new study in the journal Ecology Letters finds. In all, the researchers report, the combined effects of two consecutive years of early snow melt explained as much as 84 percent of the variation seen in the fritillary’s population growth rate between 1980 and 2005. “It is very unusual for research to uncover such a simple mechanism that can explain almost all of the variation in growth rate of an insect population,” one of the study’s co-authors, David W. Inouye , ...

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