Researchers from the University of Bristol have found that a UK butterfly species has changed its dietary preferences in order to move further north in response to changing climate – the first case of this kind.
The paper published in Ecology Letters looked at the brown argus butterfly, which has moved from Southern England to other counties that have become warmer, such as Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire.
However, the move has meant that the butterfly stopped eating one of its main sources of food – the rockrose – because this plant is less common in the new colonised areas.
The butterfly has therefore focused on more common wild geranium, losing its ability to forage and lay eggs on rockrose.
One of the authors of the study, Dr Jon Bridle said, “To our knowledge, this is the first time that the loss of adaptive variation during evolutionary responses to recent climate change has been demonstrated in any animal.”
The paper says that the findings are positive in the way they show that species are able to adapt to a changing environment and move to new areas by modifying foraging habits.
The authors explained, “Our research on the brown argus butterfly shows that rapid evolutionary change in a species’ diet is important for responding to recent climate change. Adaptations like this that alter how species interact may be crucial for many other organisms to survive in a changing world.”
However, researchers also warned that a poorer and narrower diet could have damaging effects on the long term, compromising future adaptation and resulting in the loss of variation in crucial traits, such as dietary preferences.
Photo: Dean Morley via flickr
Like our Facebook Page
How to Find an Eco-Friendly Termite Control Service Provider in Malaysia
Eco-Friendly Vegans Win Most Battles Not the War
3 Iconic Chicago Billboards Eco-Friendly Advertisers Can Learn from
EnviroSolar’s Abe Issa Discusses Success in Green Entrepreneurship
How Sports Could Be Impacted by Climate Change
What Eco-Friendly Patients Should Know about Online Therapy
6 Reasons Why Meal Delivery Services are Eco-Friendly
The Path for Retail’s Sustainable Future
4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Treat a Sinus Infection
4 Strategies for Eco-Friendly Real Estate Investors to Find Properties
How Managed Print Services Helps to Reduce Paper Waste
Why Scientists Are Concerned About ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water
Meat Farming Is Only Getting Smarter, Easier & Eco-Friendlier
What is Eco-Friendly Homesteading and How Does it Affect Your Insurance?
Importance of Using a Water Purifier in an Area with High Pollution
Alternative Financing Ideas for Green Businesses that Shun Banks
Tencel Material Demand Shows Britain Is More Eco-Friendlier Than Ireland
How To Invest in Clean Energy Stocks in Only Five Easy Steps!
How To Secure Funding As An Eco-Entrepreneur?
4 Amazing Eco-Friendly Businesses Worth Starting in 2021
- Features8 months ago
Seven Health and Safety Tips for Eco-Friendly Products in a Green Home
- Energy9 months ago
Eco-Friendly Homeowners Lower Carbon Footprints through Greater Air Conditioner Efficiency
- Features8 months ago
Essential Guidelines for Eco-friendly Moving into new Home
- Invest10 months ago
The Eco-Friendly Evolution of Bitcoin Over the Years