The Tansy Beetle is a beautiful metallic beetle in Britain that is endangered because its habitat has been reduced by human development. As discussed in a post last year, the beetle survives only in a 30 km stretch of the River Ouse near York. Several groups have stepped up to protect and manage habitat that is suitable for this beetle. The latest is the York Museum Gardens.
The Gardens will plant special beds of tansy, which are the food plants for the beetles and monitor the beetle population. The mission of museums is to provide exhibits that interest the public and provide education about important issues. An endangered species exhibit featuring the endangered species is a great opportunity for a new museum attraction and to educate the public about the large decrease in numbers of species worldwide due to habitat destruction.