National Geographic : 1997 May
Heath Fritillary (Mellictaathalia) Size: Wingspan, 39-47 mm Habitat: Woodland clearings and flower-rich grasslands in Europe Surviving number: Unknown, declining in most areas Photographed by Martin Warren WILDLIFE AS CANON SEES IT The heath fritillary used to be a common sight throughout Europe, flitting across sunny glades and flower-rich meadows. But ever since traditional farming and forestry methods have given way to intensive mod ern practices, this sun-loving butterfly has been declining across its range. A poor flier, the heath fritillary needs woodland clearings and grasslands nearby for it to Color Laser Beam Printer Featuringstate-of-the-art 600 dpi resolution and true contone 256 grayscale/color management, the Canon C LBP 360PS is ideal for multiplatform networking with its capability to interface simultaneously with different computer systems. complete its brief week-long lifespan. This little checkered butterfly has been rescued from imminent extinction in Britain, and efforts to save some other known colonies in Europe are under way. As a global corpo ration committed to social and environmental concerns, we join in worldwide efforts to promote greater awareness of endangered species for the benefit of future generations. NATURE Watch" N ATURE"onP BS Thisprogram isfunded,in part,byCanon U.S.A.,Inc Canon Europe ,V .