What is it about?

We attempt to show the actual area where the species, Parnassius apollo, could find suitable conditions to live. Since the butterfly is strictly connected to its host plants for its own survival, we decided to include the two most used host plants in our models. We were also curious how the butterfly species manage to survive during the last glacial era and how climate change could convert its actual suitable area in the near future (2050 and 2070).

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Why is it important?

Is the first study that investigates the suitability of the whole distribution area for this butterfly species, exploring possible past and future changes due to climate change.


In my opinion, there is a lack of this type of modeling study that can turn a light on some hidden knowledge about the spatial ecology of the species. We always need to take into account that these studies are based on models, therefore are an estimation of what could have happened or what will happen in the future, Nevertheless, it's worth adding this piece of information to help conservationist to act smoothly in their conservation projects.

Claudio Sbaraglia
University of South Bohemia

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This page is a summary of: Back to the future: Climate change effects on habitat suitability of Parnassius apollo throughout the Quaternary glacial cycles, Insect Conservation and Diversity, November 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/icad.12615.
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