[Leps-l] Tampa Bay Times: Endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly may be all but gone - Aug 31
rkuhlman at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 6 21:35:35 EDT 2012
This story makes me very angry. It also reminds me of the total ineffectiveness of the big mainstream environmental organizations who have largely become clients of and shills for the liberal democratic party. Virtually all of them ignore the most important cause of lost of biodiversity and native ecosystems--human overpopulation in America and the rest of the World. Expect more and more stories like this one in America as our human population builds toward 500 million people later in this century.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
> Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2012 14:01:59 -0500
> From: entomike at gmail.com
> To: Dplex-L at ku.edu; leps-l at mailman.yale.edu
> Subject: [Leps-l] Tampa Bay Times: Endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly may be all but gone - Aug 31
> Endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly may be all but gone
> Craig Pittman,
> Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer
> Friday, August 31, 2012
> "It doesn't look too hopeful," said Thomas Emmel, a retired University
> of Florida professor who has spent two decades and his own money
> trying to save the Schaus from extinction.
> Emmel and other butterfly experts have their fingers crossed that
> there are butterfly pupae hidden among the underbrush at Biscayne
> National Park that have yet to emerge, and a few female Schaus
> swallowtails will again be fluttering among the torchwood and wild
> lime trees next spring.
> "Otherwise," he said, "I think it's gone."
> or: http://bit.ly/OqqALH
> Schaus Swallowtail: a Loss and a Lesson in Conservation
> Jerico Espinas • September 3, 2012
> While it was deemed to be stable in 2008 after several recovery
> attempts, recent findings have concluded otherwise. Finding only four
> butterflies in total during the peak spring butterfly season, the
> Schaus swallowtail was given an emergency captive breeding program
> that started on June 8. But it was already too late; by the time
> wildlife biologists started their search for specimens, there were
> none to be found.
> Thomas Emmel, a retired University of Florida professor who has spent
> the better part of two decades trying to save the Schaus swallowtail,
> is disheartened by the news. The only hope left for the survival of
> the species is in any pupal survivors – since part of the
> swallowtail’s lifecycle involves a hidden pupal stage, it is possible
> that there are some still hiding in the native underbrush. However,
> even that is simply chasing a fleeting hope. It’s quite likely that
> this season was the Schaus’s last.
> Mike Quinn, Austin
> Texas Entomology
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