HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Butterflies thrive in restored roadside prairies

Iowa has the highest density of roads and among the greatest habitat loss of any state--less than 0.001% of the native prairie is left. New research shows that restoring prairie along roadsides increases the number of butterfly species that live there.

This research was presented by Leslie Ries at the June 1999 Society for Conservation Biology meeting.

Ries and her colleagues compared the abundance and diversity of butterflies in three types of roadside vegetation: grass (which contains primarily non-native grasses), weeds (which contains primarily non-native plants, some of which are butterfly hosts) and restored prairie (which includes butterfly host plants such as prairie clover and compass plant).

The results showed that restoring prairie along roadsides increases the diversity of rare butterflies: compared to grass and weeds, roadside prairie had twice as many species of butterflies that are sensitive to habitat disturbance.

The results also showed that roadside prairie may provide corridors or stepping stones between patches of butterfly habitat. Compared to butterflies in roadside grass, butterflies in prairie are only half as likely to cross the road.

Restoring prairie along roads has a huge potential for conservation: Iowa alone has more than 600,000 acres of roadside vegetation and there are millions more nationwide. "Wildlife benefits are not the primary goal of roadside vegetation but they could be," says Ries. "We need to explore this more, for example we don't include butterfly host plants on purpose but we should."


'"/>

Contact: Leslie Ries
Leslie.Ries@nau.edu;debinski@iastate.edu
520-457-9577
Society for Conservation Biology
28-Jun-1999


Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Butterflies & the hormonal basis of interactions between life histories & morphology
2. Butterflies use polarized light to attract mates
3. Butterflies are flashers to attract mates
4. Engineered Corn Can Kill Monarch Butterflies
5. Butterflies Help Reveal The Source Of Lifes Little Luxuries
6. Parasitic cowbirds thrive with a less ruthless strategy than cuckoos
7. Antarctic penguins thrive in ocean oases
8. Scientists decode genes of microbe that thrives in toxic metals
9. Bacteria may thrive in Antarctic lake
10. Meet the chemical that lets sea creatures thrive
11. Microbes in basalt thrive on mixed diet of toxic waste

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/28/2017)... , March 28, 2017 The ... Hardware (Camera, Monitors, Servers, Storage Devices), Software (Video Analytics, ... Region - Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, ... 2016 and is projected to reach USD 75.64 Billion ... and 2022. The base year considered for the study ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... 24, 2017 The Controller General of Immigration from ... Abdulla Algeen have received the prestigious international IAIR Award for the ... Continue Reading ... ... Controller Abdulla Algeen (small picture on the right) have received the IAIR ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... The report "Gesture Recognition and Touchless Sensing Market by Technology (Touch-based ... to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is expected to be worth USD ... 2022. Continue Reading ... ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... and LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. , Oct. ... Cancer Research, London (ICR) and University ... SKY92, SkylineDx,s prognostic tool to risk-stratify patients with multiple myeloma ... MUK nine . The University of Leeds ... partly funded by Myeloma UK, and ICR will perform the ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... 2017 , ... San Diego-based team building and cooking events company, Lajollacooks4u, has ... The bold new look is part of a transformation to increase awareness, appeal to ... period. , It will also expand its service offering from its signature gourmet cooking ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... 10, 2017 International research firm Parks Associates announced ... at the TMA 2017 Annual Meeting , October 11 in ... residential home security market and how smart safety and security products impact ... Parks Associates: Smart Home ... "The residential security market has ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... DIEGO , Oct. 9, 2017  BioTech ... biological mechanism by which its ProCell stem cell ... critical limb ischemia.  The Company, demonstrated that treatment ... amount of limbs saved as compared to standard ... the molecule HGF resulted in reduction of therapeutic ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: