Special butterflies extinct despite nature conservation areas

What do the brimstone, meadow brown and small heath butterfly species have in common? All of them are rather habitat specialists, with no specific ecological demands, in other words: they tend to have modest requirements when it comes to habitats and larval host plants. They are also more resistant to nitrogen pollution than sensitive habitat specialists, which are going extinct – even in nature conservation areas. The research study carried out by Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM) confirms the species loss and the modest effectiveness of nature and species conservation. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)