On the Right Road

Male Black Swallowtail Butterfly Drinking Nectar

A number of states are adopting mowing practices along the edges of roads (the right of way) that are designed to allow diverse vegetation as habitat for butterflies and other animals. These practices have been supported by lobbying from conservation groups and are acceptable if they reduce the maintenance costs of right of ways. Is there evidence that reduced mowing results in greater abundance of butterflies?

A study in Winnipeg, Canada*…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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