Butterfly mass video


This video shows hundreds of green-veined white butterflies.

It was recorded near Meddo village in Winterswijk local authority, the Netherlands. A rye field where pesticides are not used attracted many green-veined white butterflies; some of them mating.

It it still not known why so many butterflies went to that field with much rye and few flowers.

July 2011: In just 10 weeks a team of Canadian researchers has succeeded in ‘barcoding’ 28,000 moth and butterfly specimens – or about 65 per cent of Australia’s 10,000 known species – held at CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) in Canberra: here.

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