Climate Change Nudges Crickets, Locusts, Butterflies Away From Home

Climate Change Nudges Crickets, Locusts, Butterflies Away From Home

BBC has posted maps of changing distributions of crickets. To see the
maps, go here:
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/markeaston/2008/09/_when_you_get_in.html>

Here are some excerpts from text accompanying the maps.

“It is thought other domestic species of grasshopper and cricket may
be declining as a result of changing climate and the research project
should identify when a species is in trouble. The Common Grasshopper
is among those giving cause for concern.

“There is also anxiety about Britain’s butterflies as a result of
another very wet summer. Butterflies do not fly in the rain, making
it impossible for them to reach the plants on whose nectar they feed.
Heavy rain also means they are unable to breed.”

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