Climate change affects the flight period of butterflies in Massachusetts

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February 12th, 2013

Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

In a new study, Boston University researchers and collaborators have found that butterflies show signs of being affected by climate change in a way similar to plants and bees, but not birds, in the Northeast United States…

Expert quote:

“Butterflies are very responsive to temperature in a way comparable to flowering time, leafing out time, and bee flight times. However, bird arrival times in the spring are much less responsive to temperature.”

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