Learn about butterflies from local lepidopterist

2017-02-15 06:03
A group of ‘Whites’ enjoy a sip of moisture from a mud patch on a hot day in Muden.

A group of ‘Whites’ enjoy a sip of moisture from a mud patch on a hot day in Muden.

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BUTTERFLY and moth enthusiasts have been busy in recent months. Following the successful publication of the Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment in 2013, members of the Lepidopterists’ Society of Southern Africa have been updating the assessments of our endangered butterflies and moths.

In conjunction with South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) the assessments will be included in the South African Biodiversity report that will be presented to government in 2018. This report will include the state of, and the threats to South Africa's biodiversity, and will form the environmental baseline for all future planning - the government or private sector.

Much fieldwork has been, and is being undertaken on our threatened species, and they will be assessed in terms of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) protocols.

Many landowners and conservation bodies have given their time and allowed access to their properties for the fieldwork to take place, and some good relationships have been forged, and some eyes opened.

There have also been numerous fun outings with members of the public invited to come along and learn and enjoy these amazing insects, and talks and slideshows have been presented by experts, helping enlighten folk on the importance of habitat conservation.

These have been held in various parts of our province.

A butterfly weekend was held and focused on Muden.
We were hosted by Mhlopeni Nature Reserve and Ivala Lodge, and fun was had by all. Another outing is being planned for autumn at the same venues. Watch the press for details.

Anybody interested in butterflies can contact Kevin Cockburn on 082 783 5436, or Stella Cockburn on 082 578 1356.

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