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Invertebrates

The ancient oaks are not the only natural treasure of the plateau. 115 species of vertebrates most of which are protected by the law, and tens of species of invertebrates have been identified here. Among the latter, the praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) counts hundreds of individuals on the plateau in August - September time.

Breite is also home to tens of species of butterflies, especially in summer time. The scarce large blue (Maculinea teleius) is a special butterfly, which has become extremely rare all over the world. This butterfly has an interesting life cycle, depending on two other organisms to survive. It places its eggs on the plant called the great burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis), where its larvae grow. When they reach a certain development stage, the larvae wait to be found by a certain species of ant (Myrmica spp.). If the ant is not present in the habitat, the larva dies. However, if the ant finds the larva, it takes it to the ant colony, where the larva lives a very good life: it is fed and protected by the ants, and even allowed at times to feed on ant larvae if it needs more protein. The butterfly larva spends the winter in the ant hill and eventually develops into a butterfly, leaving the colony. Usually 1-2 butterfly larvae can be fit in an ant hill. In consequence, the population of Maculinea telejus is determined by the number of ant hills on the plateau. 

Together with Kuno Martini (see the picture below) we counted over 30 butterflies of this species at the end of July. According to our knowledge, this is the largest number of Maculinea teleius butterflies ever observed on the Breite Reserve. We wish Maculinea teleius butterflies to keep up this trend!

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