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Camille Turlure, Viktoriia Radchuk, Michel Baguette, Mark Meijrink, Arnold van den Burg, Michiel Wallis De Vries and Gert-Jan van Duinen Plant quality and local adaptation undermine relocation in a bog specialist butterfly Ecology and Evolution 3

Article first published online: 26 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.427

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Reintroduction and/or supplementation may be necessary to ensure the viability of Boloria aquilonaris, a specialist butterfly from oligotrophic ecosystems, in the Netherlands. However, only Dutch caterpillars are able to cope with the lower host plant quality prevailing in the Netherlands, which precludes the use of Belgian caterpillars as a unique solution for strengthening Dutch populations. Practically, these results stress that the relevance of local adaptation in selecting source populations for relocation may be as important as restoring habitat quality.

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