Numbers dropping off???
gochfeld at eohsi.rutgers.edu
Wed Jun 9 06:30:51 EDT 1999
I am puzzled by the following phrase: "... but there does not seem to be
a significant effect on most butterfly populations....."
How in the world do we know that. There are virtually no studies of
butterfly populations or population dynamics to my knowledge.
I agree that habitat destruction (and perhaps global climate) are bigger
factors, but in an environment already degraded and diminishing rapidly,
what might have been "sustainable exploitation" could easily become
So I don't think we know enough to exonerate commercial collecting."
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