Great Britain butterfly thriving in climate change

By on May 25, 2012

Though climate change is detrimental to many species, Great Britain’s brown argus butterfly, once a declining species, is thriving. Scientists say this is because warmer temperatures have allowed them to incorporate a new host plant for its larvae to feed on. They previously only fed on rockroses, but warmer temperatures over the past few years have allowed geraniums to grow earlier, attracting the brown argus. Over the past 20 years, the butterfly’s range has expanded approximately 49 miles.

Read more at the Christian Science Monitor.

Image credit: Louise Mair

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