Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Butterflies to give environmental clues

A Central Australian entomologist says more research should be done on butterflies.

Dr Christopher Palmer says butterflies are a good indicator of the health of the environment particularly during times of climate change.

He says research on butterflies is needed now, more than ever.

"When you know a lot about different species within a particular group you can use those species to monitor the health of the landscape", he says.

"For instance, you do climate change, you can monitor those species and their distributions and whether they're present or absent or not just to see if the landscape is healthy or not".

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