Drought reduces breeding success of the butterfly Aglais urticae

Author
Pollard E.
Greatorex-Davies Nick
Thomas J. A.
Abstract

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<li>Published laboratory work suggests that <em>Aglais urticae</em> may be affected adversely by drought, as the larvae thrive on actively growing plants with high leaf water and nitrogen.</li>
<li>The weekly counts from the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme were used to test the hypothesis of an association between changes in abundance and drought in field data.</li>
<li>The analysis supported the hypothesis; breeding success of the summer generation from 1976 to 1995 was greater when the early summer weather was cool and wet than when it was warm and dry.</li>
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Year of Publication
1997
Journal
Ecological Entomology
Volume
22
Issue
3
Number of Pages
315-318
Date Published
1997
ISBN Number
1365-2311
DOI
10.1046/j.1365-2311.1997.00064.x