Erynnis tages

Resettlement of the highly endangered Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages L.) in Schleswig-Holstein (North Germany)



The resettlement and colonisation of animals by men for hunting or fishery purposes has a long tradition in Middle Europe. In the last decades also the resettlement of highly endangered species like birds of prey became more and more popular. Contrary to this the resettlement of insects for nature conservation is still controversial. Once, the Dingy Skipper was a widely distributed butterfly in nutrient poor grasslands of Schleswig-Holstein. Nowadays, it is now known only from two isolated colonies. Due to nature protection management in many reserves, especially the development of semi pasture landscapes by cattle grazing, some sites seem now to become favourable again as habitat for the Dingy Skipper. In the face of the isolated distribution of the Dingy Skipper a natural colonisation of these new sites seems unlikely or will take much time. Therefore efforts were made to establish a new population of this species at a former military ground by intermission of females. In advance of the resettlement project investigations on the habitat demands for oviposition and larval development have been made at the remaining colonies. With this knowledge the best possible site for resettlement was chosen. The population development is monitored.



resettlement, Erynnis tages, nature conservation management


Research Project Information

Runtime: Since 2005-01-01
Project coordination: Dr. Detlef Kolligs
Cooperation partner(s): Stiftung Naturschutz Schleswig-Holstein



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