Effects of latitude, altitude and climate on the habitat and conservation of the endangered butterfly Maculinea arion and its Myrmica ant hosts

@article{Thomas2004EffectsOL,
  title={Effects of latitude, altitude and climate on the habitat and conservation of the endangered butterfly Maculinea arion and its Myrmica ant hosts},
  author={J. A. Thomas and David J. Simcox and Judith C. Wardlaw and G. W. Elmes and Michael E. Hochberg and R. T. Clarke},
  journal={Journal of Insect Conservation},
  year={2004},
  volume={2},
  pages={39-46}
}
Analyses were made of the habitats of the endangered myrmecophilous butterfly, Maculinea arion, and its host ant, Myrmica sabuleti, in five regions, spanning most of the climatic range of the butterfly in west Europe. Near their altitudinal or north latitudinal limits, both species are confined to warm south-facing slopes where the turf is grazed <3 cm tall, but at low altitudes further south, where the summer climate is 4°C warmer, the butterfly and ant inhabit ground with any aspect other… Expand

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