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“Extinct” species of butterfly found on island near Oslo. Man’s summer hunting reaps rewards. Searching for a rare species of butterfly for 50 sunny days over two years has paid off. According to dagbladet.no, Roald Bengston has found approximately 10 examples of the Reverdin’s Blue butterfly (Plebejus argyrognomon) on an island in the Inner Oslo Fjord area. “It’s a fantastic treat,” he tells the paper.

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“Extinct” species of butterfly found on island near Oslo

Published on Friday, 28th August, 2009 at 21:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Man’s summer hunting reaps rewards.

Plebejus argyrognomon
Plebejus argyrognomon
Photo: Paolo Mazzei/http://www.leps.it/Wikimedi


Searching for a rare species of butterfly for 50 sunny days over two years has paid off. According to dagbladet.no, Roald Bengston has found approximately 10 examples of the Reverdin’s Blue butterfly (Plebejus argyrognomon) on an island in the Inner Oslo Fjord area.

“It’s a fantastic treat,” he tells the paper.

Although the species’ numbers were much higher 20 years ago, development has diminished the availability of the wild licorice plant that larvae depend on for their survival.

Bengston feels that action is needed to save it from complete extinction. Senior advisor at the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management (Direktoratet for naturforvaltning), Øystein Størkersen, agrees.

“It’s imperative that measures are taken to recreate the butterfly’s natural habitat, and further the growth of the wild licorice plant there,” he says.

There is good news. Størkersen tells the paper that a motion has already been put forward to draw up a plan of action for saving this, and other threatened species in the area.



Published on Friday, 28th August, 2009 at 21:19 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: plebejus, argyrognomon, reverdins, blue, butterfly, rare, species, oslo, directorate, nature, management, direktoratet, naturforvaltning.





  
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