Study

Butterfly conservation within cities: A landscape scale approach integrating natural habitats and abandoned fields in central Mexico

  • Published source details Barranco-Leon de las Nieve M., Luna-Castellanos F., Vergara C.H. & Badano I. (2016) Butterfly conservation within cities: A landscape scale approach integrating natural habitats and abandoned fields in central Mexico. Tropical Conservation Science, 9, 607-628.

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Protect greenfield sites or undeveloped land in urban areas

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  1. Protect greenfield sites or undeveloped land in urban areas

    A site comparison study in 2012–2013 in an urban protected area in Puebla, Mexico (Barranco-León de las Nieves et al. 2016) found that native woodland remnants and abandoned grassland had higher species richness of butterflies than non-native Eucalyptus camaldulensis plantations. The species richness of all butterflies and of forest specialist butterflies in dry oak forest remnants (all: 51–57; specialist: 27–28 species), moist oak forest remnants (all: 40–44; specialist: 21–22 species) and abandoned grassland (all: 43–61; specialist: 16–22 species) was higher than in Eucalyptus plantations in both the warm-rainy and cold-dry season (all: 22–25; specialist: 12 species). However, the four habitats had different species composition, especially in the warm rainy season. The 675-ha reserve consisted of four habitat types: moist (11% by area) and dry oak forest (58%), abandoned grassland previously used for grazing (23%), and Eucalyptus plantations (6%). From July–September 2012 (warm rainy season) and January–March 2013 (cold dry season), butterflies were surveyed nine times/season, at 9–12 day intervals, on three 300-m transects/habitat type. Butterfly species were divided into 48 habitat generalists adapted to human-disturbed landscapes, 41 forest specialists which require forests for at least part of their life cycle, and two unclassified species.

    (Summarised by: Andrew Bladon)

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