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dc.contributor.advisorNilon, Charles H., 1956-en
dc.contributor.authorBrunet, Donna A.en_US
dc.date.issued2006eng
dc.date.submitted2006 Fallen
dc.descriptionThe 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.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on August 22, 2007)en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2006.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Fisheries and wildlife.en_US
dc.description.abstractButterflies 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.identifier.merlin.b59442074en_US
dc.identifier.oclc166254061en_US
dc.identifier.otherBrunetD-120506-T6166en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4624
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofcollection2006 Freely available theses (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2006 Theses
dc.subject.lcshButterfly gardeningen_US
dc.subject.lcshButterfly gardensen_US
dc.titleButterfly gardening: using volunteers to provide data on flower useen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFisheries and wildlife sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFisheries and wildlife scienceseng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US


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