Richness and abundance of both butterflies and floral resources in residential gardens across southwestern Melbourne, Australia’s greater metropolitan area

Jessica Kurylo, Karl Evans, Kirsten Parris, Nicholas Williams & Caragh Threlfall
Wildlife gardening is a popular activity undertaken within residential areas. It is broadly promoted as a means of encouraging residents to make their gardens more ‘wildlife friendly’. While theory and anecdotal evidence suggest these schemes should be effective, quantitative evaluation of wildlife gardening practices and programs is lacking across most taxa they target. Our overall objective in collecting this data was to determine if there was a difference in butterfly richness or abundance between gardens...
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