By Tamsin Brown • 01 September 2022 • 17:12
Nineteen new species of nocturnal butterflies have been found in Mallorca's Sa Dragonera. Credit: Consell de Mallorca
A total of 19 new types of nocturnal butterflies have been found in the Sa Dragonera Natural Park, one of Mallorca’s most biodiverse areas.
A group of scientific experts and volunteers has found 19 new species of nocturnal butterflies in the Sa Dragonera Natural Park, following an investigation performed between August 5 and 7. This brings the number of species of butterflies known to inhabit Sa Dragonera to 178.
Nocturnal butterflies are much more abundant than diurnal butterflies. Approximately 1,000 different species of them are currently known to exist in the Balearic Islands, compared to only around 30 diurnal species. They are an important group, with key functions in ecosystems: they are pollinating insects and an essential food resource for groups such as bats and birds.
Inmaculada Férriz, the island’s director of the Environment, highlighted the importance of continuing to monitor, saying: “These studies show that nocturnal butterflies are still a fairly unknown group, both in Sa Dragonera and in the rest of the Balearic Islands, as is the case with other insects and invertebrates in general.”
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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