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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/29675
Title:
Butterfly Activity in a Residential Garden
Authors:
Young, Christopher
Abstract:
Butterflies are a highly visible, well-loved, and well-studied part of Britain's native fauna, yet there is still very little known about how butterflies use one of the country's most commonly available habitats, the residential garden. Studies in a Wolverhampton (UK) garden demonstrate that the majority of individuals use these spaces as movement routes through the urban matrix. Of 516 observed individual visits by butterflies over three recording seasons (2000–2002), only 13.8% involved a stop for some purpose. The duration of these visits was characteristically short, with a mean visit time of nine seconds. Individuals tended to fly through the study garden using distinct entry and exit points largely dictated by variations in structure within the study garden and in the immediately surrounding gardens. Individual garden use by butterflies would therefore seem to be defined as much by structural imperatives as by availability of nectar- or food-plant species. When considered as systems of interconnected green spaces on the level of the housing block (defined as a continuous area of residential land use bounded by infrastructure or contrasting land uses) and of the urban area as a whole, residential gardens represent an extraordinarily valuable and dynamic component of the urban habitat.
Citation:
Urban Habitats, 5 (May 2008).
Publisher:
Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Journal:
Urban Habitats
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/29675
Additional Links:
http://www.urbanhabitats.org/v05n01/butterfly_full.html
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Follow the additional link to access the full text online (free access)
ISSN:
1541-7115
Appears in Collections:
Plant and Environmental Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorYoung, Christopher-
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-09T12:47:09Z-
dc.date.available2008-06-09T12:47:09Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationUrban Habitats, 5 (May 2008).en
dc.identifier.issn1541-7115-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/29675-
dc.descriptionFollow the additional link to access the full text online (free access)en
dc.description.abstractButterflies are a highly visible, well-loved, and well-studied part of Britain's native fauna, yet there is still very little known about how butterflies use one of the country's most commonly available habitats, the residential garden. Studies in a Wolverhampton (UK) garden demonstrate that the majority of individuals use these spaces as movement routes through the urban matrix. Of 516 observed individual visits by butterflies over three recording seasons (2000–2002), only 13.8% involved a stop for some purpose. The duration of these visits was characteristically short, with a mean visit time of nine seconds. Individuals tended to fly through the study garden using distinct entry and exit points largely dictated by variations in structure within the study garden and in the immediately surrounding gardens. Individual garden use by butterflies would therefore seem to be defined as much by structural imperatives as by availability of nectar- or food-plant species. When considered as systems of interconnected green spaces on the level of the housing block (defined as a continuous area of residential land use bounded by infrastructure or contrasting land uses) and of the urban area as a whole, residential gardens represent an extraordinarily valuable and dynamic component of the urban habitat.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBrooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Botanic Gardenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.urbanhabitats.org/v05n01/butterfly_full.htmlen
dc.subjectButterfliesen
dc.subjectVegetation structureen
dc.subjectFlight pathsen
dc.subjectUrban green spaceen
dc.subjectGardens, residentialen
dc.subjectWest Midlandsen
dc.subjecthousing blocken
dc.subjectWolverhamptonen
dc.subjectEthologyen
dc.titleButterfly Activity in a Residential Gardenen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalUrban Habitatsen
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