9. Single Species Studies: Benefits and Limitations

  1. T.R. New

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118409220.ch9

Lepidoptera and Conservation

Lepidoptera and Conservation

How to Cite

New, T.R. (ed) (2013) Single Species Studies: Benefits and Limitations, in Lepidoptera and Conservation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118409220.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Department of Zoology, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 10 DEC 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118409213

Online ISBN: 9781118409220



  • Lycaena dispar;
  • Maculinea arion;
  • Manduca blackburni;
  • Orachrysops niobe;
  • Ornithoptera richmondia;
  • Synemon plana;
  • Thetidia smaragdaria maritima;
  • Tinostoma smaragditis;
  • Zygaena viciae


This chapter focuses on the dimensions of a species' conservation strategy, with needs for careful holistic planning and effective coordination. It reviews both being integral components of species management. The chapter also reviews selected case histories to demonstrate some of the problems and practicalities of translating plans to practice. These range from classic cases, some historical but well known and persistently influential in Lepidoptera conservation to more current exercises. The chapter presents nine case studies: large blue butterfly, Maculinea arion, in England; large copper butterfly, Lycaena dispar, in England; Brenton blue butterfly, Orachrysops niobe, in South Africa; Richmond birdwing butterfly, Ornithoptera richmondia, in Australia; Golden sun-moth, Synemon plana, in south-eastern Australia; new forest burnet moth, Zygaena viciae, in Scotland; Essex emerald moth, Thetidia smaragdaria maritima, in England; Fabulous green sphinx of Kaua'i, Tinostoma smaragditis, in Hawai'I; Blackburn's sphinx moth, Manduca blackburni, in Hawai'i.