A healthy and diverse population of insects is just as important in the functioning of a high-quality wetland as any other animal community and needs to be protected. Butterfly monitoring is a great way to generate appreciation among volunteers for the important role insects play in wetland ecosystems. Monitoring also helps butterfly experts map species distribution including isolated pockets of rare species.

Wetlands host unique populations of butterflies, some of which have narrow habitat requirements and cannot travel far from pockets of suitable habitat. Compared to other habitats, wetlands are above average when it comes to hosting species that most interest butterfly experts.


Web site links to informational resources in the pdf publication may change over time. For the most up-to-date links, go to: INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES

Project coordination by the Rock River Coalition and Suzanne Wade, UW-Extension Basin Education Initiative.
Researched and written by Patrice Kohl
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