Jyväskylä University Library - at the Heart of Campus

Exhibition of Butterflies and Nature on Loan -theme week 4th-10th February

Butterflies on show at the Main Library lobby until April 18th, 2019

Nature on loan -week theme is Climate. Butterflies from the University Nature Museum are on the show to reflect the climate change.

The climate change caused by human activity strengthening the natural greenhouse effect is one of the biggest struggles of our lifetime. Greenhouse gas emissions (like carbon dioxide) caused by manufacturing, traffic, agriculture and forestry accumulate in the atmosphere and prevent solar heat energy from leaving Earth leading to global warming of climate.

Following how your local species change is one way to see how climate change is changing our environment. Butterflies are a good example of this change due to their ability to spread quickly to new areas. European peacock butterfly (Aglais io) is a very common species nowadays up until Oulu, although it only started spreading to Finland in 1970s. Even more recent newcomer is the large and magnificent pivet hawk moth (Sphinx ligustri).

While new species are spreading further north, the species already living there might get in trouble. New species are competing for the same resources and space and the northern species have nowhere left to go. For example, the population of chequered skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon) has declined recently and it is ranked near threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

More information:

The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation

Jyväskylä University Museum - The Natural History Section

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