Skip to comments.Climate change could wipe out butterfly populations
Posted on 06/02/2012 6:23:52 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Global warming is expected to result in localized extinctions of up to one-third of all butterfly species.
A recently published study concluded that butterflies which tend to emerge later in the year or fly higher in the mountains are probably more vulnerable becayse they have evolved to deal with a shorter window of opportunity to reproduce.
The findings have implications beyond just the survival of individual butterfly species, since their absence or presence has effects on pollination and other functions of herbaceous ecosystems.
Insects and plants are at the base of the food pyramid and are extremely important, but they often get less attention when we are studying the ecological impacts of climate change, said Javier G. Illa-Wanker, with the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.
The research was done by Illa-Wankerss group in the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. It examined 32 butterfly species for five years at various elevations in a Mediterranean mountain range, and the delays in flight dates that occurred as a result of elevation change.
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We have had a major influx of Butterflies this year...hundreds of them! This article is total Bull Merd.
That’s Josef Goebbels.
(Meant to reflect the relentless propaganda of AGW,etc.)
I say good. I am tired of the little buggers flapping their wings over there in China and causing all these Hurricanes and storms.
Enough is enough!
Relentless propaganda - maybe my new tagline?
elaborate on AGW - I am not familiar with the term
Then bunnies and butterflies had better ‘nut-up’ and grow a pair if they wanna live.
Thank you for the laugh
You are doing a public service..... I know a large orchard that wants and encourages weeds in between the fruit trees. The flowering weeds attract the pollinators, bees and such, the fruit trees need
I need more coffee. At first glance I read his name as Ima-Wanker.
don’t forget the chipmunks
Its all due to a recent increase in unicorn farts. Should you encounter any unicorns, destroy them on sight.
When it actually happened as expected I'd burn all my cash in tribute to the alarmist...being right about global warming for the first time
I think I'm pretty safe here...
Adapt or perish.
Called “natural law”.
If they could just get the butterflies, cows and Canadian Geese to stop crapping all over the place we wouldn’t have this problem.
>>> ... butterflies which tend to emerge later in the year or fly higher in the mountains are probably more vulnerable becayse they have evolved to deal with a shorter window of opportunity to reproduce.
First they make a claim, after the study, they still use the language ‘could wipe out’, ‘are probably more vulnerable’, ....
That’s no scientific study. Nobody in a sciece field would write that “conclusion”.
Shameful how ‘science’ is being used.
Look for your garden to be attacked by a lot of caterpillars later this year.
Grasping at fairy dust.
You are right!
I heard that it had already wiped out ALL of the unicorns. :-(
Is there anything Global Warming cannot do?
Grasping at fairy dust.
The whole argument is specious.
Name one insect that humans have been able to eliminate.
Years of pesicides from DDT to Chlordane couldn’t eliminate termites.
Cockroaches have been around longer than dirt..fire ants anyone, how about cabbage lopers, the colorado cucumber beetle, the dreaded stink bug..
Pesticides aimed at them with massive spraying couldn’t kill them.