Butterfly Community Conservation Through Ecological Landscape Design in Urban Areas

Orsolya Borsai, Mircea Varga, Adelina Dumitras, Cornel Negrusier, Attila Keseru


Due urbanization and extension of agricultural areas most of the ecosystems are strongly affected. As a result, preservation of biodiversity becomes more and more important aiming to reestablish the lost habitats of different species (mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, etc.). Our research focuses on butterflies which constitute an extremely important group of ‘model’ organisms. We have identified 12 diurnal ‘flying beauties’ specific to Cluj area (threatened and unthreathened species) and investigated their ecological requirements that have to be provided for in any landscapes. Furthermore, based on the data colleted we have illustrated the utility of our approach by applying it to a hypothetical urban landscape (private garden) following the traditional environmental guidelines in our landscape design.


butterfly; conservation; landscape design; urban areas

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15835/buasvmcn-hort:12223

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