In a new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, researchers have discovered significant variations in the ability of different UK butterfly species to maintain a suitable body temperature.
Species that mostly rely on finding shade to keep cool are at greatest risk of population decline, due to climate change and habitat loss.
Dr Andrew Bladon, first author of the report, is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Zoology. He says the results will inform conservation strategies to protect butterflies. MORE