Thursday, July 25, 2013

Populations of grassland butterflies decline almost 50 % over two decades

According to the European Environmental Agency, grassland butterflies have declined dramatically between 1990 and 2011, sadly "caused by intensifying agriculture and a failure to properly manage grassland ecosystems."

Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director, said: “This dramatic decline in grassland butterflies should ring alarm bells – in general Europe’s grassland habitats are shrinking. If we fail to maintain these habitats we could lose many of these species forever. We must recognise the importance of butterflies and other insects – the pollination they carry out is essential for both natural ecosystems and agriculture.”

The image above is of a Common Blue and its numbers have significantly declined. Tragic to think this little guy could completely disappear......

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