Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on December 2, 2008
We interrupt your reading pleasure to bring you a devastating announcement: the Maderian Large White is the first butterfly to become extinct in Europe since the 17th century.
At a recent International conference of butterfly experts, it was confirmed that many butterfly species around the world are either endangered or extinct. The conference was held as the inaugural meeting of organizations partnering together to form the Butterfly Conservation Europe. Experts from over 31 different countries were represented and the devastating news of the Maderian Large White was announced.
According to a Plenty Magazine story, Chairman Martin Warren, of the Butterfly Conservation Europe states that “Patterns of butterfly behavior are already telling us much about global warming and climate change.” Several European countries were reported to have the highest number of extinct or endangered species. Industrial agricultural practices found in these countries, seem to be the reason in the decline.
The Butterfly Conservation Europe has already made plans to put into place butterfly preservation actions across the continent.