Back to the butterfly release debate!

Paul Cherubini cherubini at
Thu Oct 12 13:34:35 EDT 2000

Patrick Foley wrote:

> While there are legitimate arguments suggesting that 
> butterfly releases are _usually_  not harmful to the species
> of butterflies involved, several of us have argued that in many
> cases there are important dangers (see the archives). 

Pat, at no time on this list have you ever explained to us
what you think are the "important dangers" involved with
the interstate transport and release of monarch butterflies or
painted ladies - the two species that are used for nearly all
commercial releases. 

We would love to hear your ideas, from both a theoretical
standpoint and from actual case histories that you might be aware
involving these or other migratory insect species with worldwide

Best regards,

Paul Cherubini

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