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Scientists sound alarm about Australia’s 26 most endangered butterflies

<p>There’s a very good chance of recovery for most species – if their habitat is protected</p><p>It might sound like an 18th century fashion statement but the “<a href="https://www.publish.csiro.au/is/is06028">pale imperial hairstreak</a>” is actually an extravagant <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/butterflies">butterfly</a>. This pale blue (male) or white (female) butterfly was once widespread, found in old growth brigalow woodlands that covered 14m hectares across Queensland and New South Wales.</p><p><a href="https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/media/lkynmkkk/2-4-brigalow-flora-findings-factsheet_f.pdf">More than 90% of brigalow woodlands have been cleared</a> and much of the remainder is in small, degraded and weed-infested patches. And the butterfly’s numbers have dropped dramatically.</p><p>This article was originally published by <a href="https://theconversation.com/au">the Conversation</a>. Michael F Braby is an associate professor at Australian National University; Hayley Geyle is a research assistant at Charles Darwin University; Jaana Dielenberg is a university fellow at CDU; Phillip John Bell is a university associate at the University of Tasmania’s school of natural sciences; Richard V Glatz is an associate research scientist at the University of Adelaide; Roger Kitching is an emeritus professor at Griffith University; and Tim R New is an emeritus professor in zoology at La Trobe University.</p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/28/scientists-sound-alarm-about-australias-26-most-endangered-butterflies">Continue reading...</a>

There’s a very good chance of recovery for most species – if their habitat is protected

It might sound like an 18th century fashion statement but the “pale imperial hairstreak” is actually an extravagant butterfly. This pale blue (male) or white (female) butterfly was once widespread, found in old growth brigalow woodlands that covered 14m hectares across Queensland and New South Wales.

More than 90% of brigalow woodlands have been cleared and much of the remainder is in small, degraded and weed-infested patches. And the butterfly’s numbers have dropped dramatically.

This article was originally published by the Conversation. Michael F Braby is an associate professor at Australian National University; Hayley Geyle is a research assistant at Charles Darwin University; Jaana Dielenberg is a university fellow at CDU; Phillip John Bell is a university associate at the University of Tasmania’s school of natural sciences; Richard V Glatz is an associate research scientist at the University of Adelaide; Roger Kitching is an emeritus professor at Griffith University; and Tim R New is an emeritus professor in zoology at La Trobe University.

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