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    Detrimental effects of low atmospheric humidity and forest fire on a community of western Himalayan butterflies
    Journal Article
    Compared to previous years, the period from October 2008 to March 2009 showed marked reductions in species number and population size in the butterfly community of the Maheshkhan Reserve Forest, Nainital District, Uttarakhand. Desiccation of pupae due to abnormally low atmospheric humidity after the failure of seasonal rains appears to have been a major cause of this reduction. The drop in humidity also appears to be linked to the unusual spread of fires affecting broadleaf forests, one of which in May 2009 wiped out the remaining Maheshkhan butterfly community.
    Smetacek P. (2011). Journal of Threatened Taxa 4(3) pp. 1694-1701; doi:10.11609/JoTT.o2307.1694-701