Researchers try to pinpoint which species might be better able to adapt to global warming
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Global warming is expected to result in localized extinctions of up to one-third of all butterfly species, but others may be better equipped to adapt to a changing climate.
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. (more…)