Legally protect butterflies and moths
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Historically, the widespread collection of butterflies and moths by private collectors was a popular activity, and may have contributed to the decline of some rarer species (Collins & Morris 1985, Duffey 1968). Today, collecting is illegal in many parts of the world, and rarer species are often subject to specific legal protection. However, it should be noted that for understudied species, carefully regulated collection for scientific research can yield valuable insights into species’ diversity, ecology and conservation. This action is for studies testing the impact of legal protection on wild populations of butterflies and moths, either across all species, or using species-specific legislation.
Collins N.M. & Morris M.G. (1985) Threatened Swallowtail Butterflies of the World: The IUCN Red Data Book. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland & Cambridge, UK, pg 155–180.
Duffey E. (1968) Ecological studies on the large copper butterfly Lycaena dispar (Haw.) batavus (Obth.) at Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve, Huntingdonshire. Journal of Applied Ecology, 5, 69–96.