Bye-bye SA butterflies

2007-05-15 11:00

Johannesburg - Some 38 species of butterfly in South Africa are threatened, probably due to housing and agricultural development.

To get an idea on the conservation priorities of the country's colourful winged insects that flutter by, three organisations launched a four-year conservation project in Pretoria on Monday.

The public can post photographs and offer information on butterfly sightings on the website, said Silvia Mecener, SA Butterfly Conservation Assessment project co-ordinator.

"Experts can then identify the species and analyse the data," she said.

The three organisations involved are the SA National Biodiversity Institute, the Lepidopterists Society of SA and Cape Town University's Avian Demography Unit.

Lepidoptery involves the study of butterflies and moths.