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This section of the book Grasslands in Europe of high nature value presents a list of terms and concepts relevant to the study of biodiversity rich grasslands in Europe. Butterflies are considered as indicators of the invertebrate diversity in European grasslands: they have been studied for ecologists to have knowledge of their distribution status and ecological relations; they occur in a range of grassland types; they are sensitive to environmental change, and they can be monitored by an established quantitative method. A large part of the grassland butterfly fauna may well have persisted in the forested landscape as inhabitants of temporal clearings and open areas on rocky outcrops, infertile areas and floodplains.

Keywords: butterflies; Europe grasslands



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