Saturday, June 20, 2009

Endangered species?

Dustbury considers the comeback of a butterfly.

The solution? Restore some grasslands to conditions more suitable for that ant, and after a couple of generations, import a handful of butterflies from surviving Scandinavian stock. The Large Blue, once listed as Vulnerable, is now considered “Near Threatened,” a substantial step back.

The cynical side of me wants to grumble that nobody would go to that much trouble for a creature considered less attractive than a butterfly. I dunno. Snail darters aren’t all that cute.

I've often wondered what would happen if the cockroach were endangered. Would we have Congressional hearings? Would the EPA go into overdrive?

Has anyone bemoaned the deliberate campaign against the anopheles mosquito?

Just asking.


Anonymous said...

Glad I can answer your question, sort of; I now know what would happened if the interests of one tiny fish were prioritized over humans'.

miriam sawyer said...

A very good point.