Insect Conservation

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Science  03 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5936, pp. 41-42
DOI: 10.1126/science.1176892

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Conservation efforts in Europe mainly aim to preserve and manage ecosystems that contain putatively endangered biotic communities. However, as Thomas et al. show on page 80 of this issue (1), this approach may not yield the desired results—particularly in the case of comparatively specialized taxa such as butterflies and other insect groups.