Chris J. Durden drdn at mail.utexas.edu
Thu Dec 13 12:27:04 EST 2001

Just as I thought.
   How many of the large number of recent sightings of Monarch/Black-veined 
Browns in Britain could be due to disoriented individuals fleeing 
commercial releases in the US? Seriously though I would have no 
reservations about celebratory releases of this robust species in Britain, 
because it has not been able to establish feral populations in the last 
century of trying.
    I think the Black-veined White would be a good candidate too, with the 
added bonus of potential reestablishment of a locally extirpated species.
...................Chris Durden

At 10:53 AM 12/13/2001 -0500, you wrote:

>I find myself firmly on everybody's side, in this argument, as you will 
>have noticed. I hope we work it out, without too much damage to the 
>Of course in Britain and Ireland they wouldn't be releasing Monarchs ... 
>as far as I know. The sight of a Monarch there is a Big Deal and they 
>wouldn't muddy the waters.
>Neil can undoubtedly clue is in on this ...


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