Poaching Butterflies

Butterfly

Large Blue Butterfly
Photo: PJC&Co, Wikimedia Commons

Poaching brings to mind elephant tusks and exotic African mammals. However, any animal that can be sold is subject to poaching. Recently, Phillip Cullen of Bristol in the UK was found guilty of illegally collecting protected butterflies and chasing butterflies in protected nature preserves. He had many trays of butterflies in his home of protected or endangered species. Unscrupulous collectors can greatly reduce populations and damage conservation effort. Most serious collectors understand and follow the rules and discourage the scofflaws.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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