The warm summer of 2019 has a record increase in the butterfly population. A study conducted by scientists from the Joint Committee for the Conservation of Nature showed that the population of butterflies during this period was a record for 22 years. About it writes The Guardian.
According to UN estimates, by 2050, nearly 1 million animal species will die out on Earth, including a huge number of insects. Already, 75% of land, 40% of the ocean and 50% of river waters “demonstrate degradation due to human activities”.
This is mainly due to greenhouse gas emissions. According to the organization, since 1980 the level of anthropogenic emissions has doubled – this has led to an increase in the average temperature on Earth of at least 0.7 ° C.
However, some species benefit from fever. Monitoring of 3,014 sites in the UK, conducted by scientists, showed that in the summer of 2019 it was successful for breeding some species of butterflies, but burdock women felt best.
Representatives of this type of migratory Lepidoptera flew to the UK from Africa in an amount exceeding all recorded figures since 1996.
Researchers note that an increase in the population of butterflies suggests that their extinction does not occur as rapidly as scientists thought. Some lepidopteran species, on the contrary, are undergoing a new stage of development.