Dipl-Biol. Christian Kempe
The Dusky Large Blue Maculinea nausithous is a highly threatened species endemic in Western Europe. As it is a myrmecophilous butterflies, its occurence is linked closely to a certain ant species, providing safety and food sources for its developement.
As an umbrella species of extensively managed grasslands, conservation of the Dusky Large Blue Butterfly not only provides support for the focal species but also for other species, depending on this habitat type. Thus, information on its habitat requirements may be important for nature conservation science as well as for applied conservation.
In my PhD thesis I am focussing on ant composition and ant interactions, which may affect the butterfly food web in many ways. Otherwise ant distribution may indicate changes among abiotic conditions within haibitats and therefor might reveal possible aspects triggering an increasing of habitat quality.
Kooperationen / Projekte | Co-operations / Projects
Institute of Environmental Sciences,
Gronostajowa 7, 30–387 Kraków, Poland
Dr. Piotr Nowicki, associate professor
Influence of ant diversity onto occurence of the Dusky Large Blue Maculinea nausithous