Environmental controls on butterfly occurrence and species richness in Israel: The importance of temperature over rainfall

Orr Comay, Oz Ben Yehuda, Racheli Schwartz-Tzachor, Dubi Benyamini, Israel Pe'er, Inbar Ktalav & Guy Pe’er
Aim Butterflies are considered important indicators representing the state of biodiversity and key ecosystem functions, but their use as bioindicators requires better understanding of how their observed response link to environmental factors. Moreover, better understanding how butterfly faunas vary with climate and land cover may be useful to estimate the potential impacts of various drivers, including climate change, botanical succession, grazing, and afforestation. It is particularly important to establish which species of butterflies are sensitive...
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