Sunday, November 04, 2007

A sad day

The Madeiran large white has been declared the first butterfly in Europe to be driven into extinction as a result of the impact of mankind.
Conservationists have spent 15 years combing its home territory but have been unable to find it and the butterfly was declared extinct this week at a conference in Laufen, Germany, where experts said that several other species could follow it into oblivion. The Madeiran large white had suffered a terminal decline because of loss of habitat to the construction of new businesses and homes, including holiday homes. Pollution from agricultural fertilisers was also likely to have played a part in killing off the species.
Article: TimesOnline. Photo:Lewis Scott


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