One of the most beautiful species of butterflies, the Large blue butterflies went extinct in UK 50 years back. However, the specie was successfully reintroduced in the area and is striving now.
With the constant change of weather, global warming, urbanization and unhealthy human practices, news of species going extinct or species being at the brink of extinction is more common than ever.
Amidst all this, when we are notified of an endangered specie coming out of the bracket or a specie being reintroduced in the area, its nothing less than a rush of adrenaline.
Something similar happened a few days ago. The large blue butterfly, first recorded in Britain in 1795 went extinct in the area. Unfortunately, Britain was not the only area losing a beautiful specia. Large blues were also listed as extinct in the Netherlands and Belgium, in 1964 and 1996, respectively.
However, the good news is that they have been successfully reintroduced to the UK. Where this is very good news, we still need to understand that the magnificent butterfly’s official status worldwide is Near Threatened.
It's still unknown what factors led to the population's decline, but after five years of work, conservationists have finally found signs of wild breeding in the UK.
Small attempts at to repopulate the species were being done by scientists regularly. But the latest and largest took place at the Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons in Gloucestershire, and involved careful preparation of the habitat. The area hasn't had a documented sighting of a large blue in 150 years.
As a source of food for the specie, plenty of thyme and wild marjoram were planted. Another requirement for large blues to thrive is specific heat-loving red ant species. To help build up that population, cattle was brought to the Commons to graze and to their business, which warmed the soil and promoted ant colony growth.
After this, around 1,100 butterfly larvae were then released into the wild, of which 750 successfully emerging from their cocoons.
Now, evidence suggests that the butterflies laid eggs in the wild which is an amazing signs and points to a high likelihood that the butterfly population can continue on its own with only a careful guiding hand to ensure their habitat needs stay plentiful.
Article Source: Diply