‘Scientist said that they have identified 26 Australian butterfly species and subspecies which are at greatest risk of extinction and those species were estimated to be lost within 20 years.
Media reported on Tuesday.
Topping the list is Australian fritillary with a 94 per cent likelihood of extinction in two decades, followed by the gloriously named “pale imperial hairstreak’’, which has a 42 per cent chance of extinction.
Australian fritillary is a striking black and orange butterfly with a delicate lacework of olive and pink on the undersides of its wings, and it was once widespread in swampy areas of the coastal state of Queensland and New South Wales.
Trevor Lambkin, one of the authors of the new study, Butterflies on the Brink that was published in Austral…