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Butterfly gardening: using volunteers to provide data on flower use

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dc.contributor.advisor Nilon, Charles H., 1956- en
dc.contributor.author Brunet, Donna A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T17:49:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T17:49:18Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2006 Fall en
dc.identifier.other BrunetD-120506-T6166 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4624
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on August 22, 2007) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.S.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2006. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Fisheries and wildlife. en_US
dc.description.abstract Butterflies are considered to be good indicators of a healthy environment and reflect the environmental impact of urban development. The popularity of butterflies with the general public and declining butterfly populations, combined with the fact that lawns now occupy more than 12 million hectares in the United States, make a compelling case for a systematic survey of garden butterflies. This study looked at which species occur in Columbia, Missouri and which nectar sources they use. In addition, surveys examined the attitudes of people toward butterflies and other insects. We also looked at the impact of different lawn maintenance regimes on attracting butterflies to yards. We recruited volunteers to count butterflies in their yards once a week for 15 minutes from May through September 2002 and 2003. Volunteers observed most of the butterfly species expected in mid-Missouri. In addition to identifying and counting butterflies, they recorded the flowers on which any butterflies landed. Based on a literature search, flower genera were categorized as "recommended" or "not recommended" for use in butterfly gardens. Approximately 90% of the butterflies that were observed on flowers each year were on genera typically recommended for use in flower gardens. Genera most heavily used included Asclepias, Buddleja, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Eupatorium, Liatris, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, Tagetes, Trifolium / Melilotus / Medicago, Verbena, Zinnia. Yards in which homeowners tolerated a more "weedy" appearance had both more butterflies and more species per count. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Butterfly gardening en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Butterfly gardens en_US
dc.title Butterfly gardening: using volunteers to provide data on flower use en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Fisheries and wildlife sciences en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.S. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b59442074 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 166254061 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2006 Theses
dc.relation.ispartofcollection 2006 Freely available theses (MU)


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