From Wildlife Extra:
‘Extinct’ butterfly rediscovered in South Africa
New location seems better suited than previous known location
March 2013. The Waterberg Copper found after a gap of some 30 years during which it was assumed that it had become extinct. The butterfly was only known from one location, but it has now been found at a new location in greater numbers than before.
The butterfly has appeared at the Bateleur Nature Reserve which seemingly has plenty of suitable habitat [more] than the previous site.
More about this is here.
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hat’s excellent news!
Indeed. I hope there will be good news on other species as well.
Actually there have been a number of great successes over the last five years or so with regards to South Africa’s endangered butterflies. Three have been “rediscovered” (and all of them by Mark Williams) and new localities have been found for two other critically endangered species. But there is still a massive amount of work that needs to be done as the more that we learn about these amazing creatures, the more we realize that we don’t know all that much about them.
Hi Justin, thanks for this interesting comment!
All the best for you, lepidopterology and butterflies in South Africa!
Thanks and it am glad to see my photo being used – Boast Boast 😉
Yes, I hope for yet more fine butterfly photos 🙂
For a video of the butterfly recorded by my wife go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFo2MwOzMOc
Thanks very much, Justin!
Here is the video:
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