|Caterpillar- Tom Murray pbase.com|
In this case, they reviewed the pictures and location, confirmed the identification, and registered the site on the map for the Common Lytrosis. The report is now at this BAMONA site. Click on the map and zoom in to see where other regional sightings have been confirmed.
Why bother? Because there aren't enough professional trained entomologists to keep up with all the species of Lepidoptera. Amateur naturalists like us provide more eyes and can survey a much greater territory than academics alone. This information has become even more important in measuring the effects of climate change.
|British Argus- ukbutterflies.co.uk|
"Biologists expect climate change to create winners and losers in species. Stanford University biologist Terry Root, who was not part of this study, estimated that for every winner like the brown Argus there are three loser species, like the cuckoo bird in Europe. Hill agreed that it is probably a three-to-one ratio of climate change losers to winners."If you see a butterfly or moth that is unfamiliar to you, take the time to look it up and then report it if it is unreported. BAMONA is waiting for you.