Special Issue "Butterfly Conservation"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
Butterflies are some of the most recognizable and well-loved insects in the world. This Special Issue will explore what is known about butterfly declines, and what we are learning about to conserving them in a changing world.
Reports from practically every continent are documenting unprecedented declines in a broad suite of butterflies. Studies in Europe have revealed that grassland butterfly species have declined by almost 50 percent in just two decades and three quarters of the butterflies in the United Kingdom are in decline. In the United States, at least six types of butterflies have gone extinct since 1950, 25 species are listed as endangered nationwide, and four are threatened. Most of the butterflies assessed have a narrow geographic range or very specific habitat requirements. However, many lepidopterists are reporting that broadly distributed butterflies are also in decline.
A wide range of threats—habitat loss, climate change, disease, pesticides, and invasive plants—have been implicated in butterfly declines. We anticipate that papers in this Special Issue will 1) summarize evidence of broad patterns of declining butterflies numbers and their value as bioindicators, 2) provide case studies of causes of decline threats to individual species, and what actions are needed to ensure their protection, and 3) summarize butterfly conservation success stories.
Dr. Karen Oberhauser
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Butterfly conservation
- Endangered species
- Insect conservation