Responses to climate change in single brood butterflies

Animals with distinct life stages are often exposed to different temperatures during each stage. Thus, how temperature affects these life stages should be considered for broadly understanding the ecological consequences of climate warming on such species. For example, temperature variation during particular life stages may affect respective change in body size, phenology and geographic range, which have been identified as the “universal” ecological responses to climate change. While each of these responses has been separately documented across a number of species, it is not known whether each response occurs together within a species. The influence of temperature during particular life stages may help explain each of these ecological responses to climate change.

Click on the link to read the rest of the article: Exploring the universal ecological responses to climate change in a univoltine butterfly – Fenberg – 2016 – Journal of Animal Ecology – Wiley Online Library