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Evaluating the Role of Climate on Midwestern Butterfly Trajectories, Monarch Declines, and the Broader “Insect Apocalypse”

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Elise Zipkin

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2020
Start Date
2020-09-01
End Date
2022-08-31

Summary

Global concern of an “insect apocalypse” is fueling demand for large-scale, long-term studies of insect population dynamics. Butterflies associated with open habitat, like prairies and grasslands, have long been identified as species of concern in the Midwest. The iconic monarch butterfly, which serves as a flagship for both migration and insect conservation, is one such species of conservation concern and is currently under consideration for federal listing under the Endangered Species Act. Recent analyses suggest that common, widespread species may also be declining. Yet robust evidence for general declines is patchy and the causes are difficult to discern. Understanding the relative importance of climate, land use, and agricultural [...]

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Monarch Butterfly taken by Alan Cressler
Monarch Butterfly taken by Alan Cressler

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  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers

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