A butterfly that lives underground

Large Blue Butterfly (c) Butterfly Conservation

Large Blue Butterfly (c) Butterfly Conservation

A butterfly that spends most of its life underground? Why? What is it doing? What does
it eat? Professor Jeremy Thomas solved the puzzle for the large blue butterfly Maculinea
arion in the 1970s just before it became extinct in the UK. Fortunately his findings were
used to successfully re-introduce the enigmatic species into England. Now, with the help
of partners, David Simcox and Sarah Meredith are continuing to discover more about this
iconic butterfly and they are using their knowledge to help it to thrive and to survive
threats such as habitat loss and climate change.

Click on the link for more information: A butterfly that lives underground? An evidence case story – EIN023