Butterflies are one of the most beautiful animals of the forest. There are about 20 species that we see regularly in the Sabangau Forest and with so much diversity each species is different from the next.
|Butterflies in the Sabangau Forest. Photo by Anna Triggol/OuTrop
|Collecting data for our long-term biodiversity monitoring programme.
Photo by Connie Miller/OuTrop
The traps are set up in different areas of the forest with varying levels of human disturbance as a result of legal and illegal logging in the 1990s and early 2000s. Butterflies are sensitive to changes in their environment so are used as a good ‘ecological indicator’ species. This means that the presence and abundance of butterfly species can give an indication of the condition of the forest.
The results of this research are used to help us better understand how human disturbance can impact on the environment. We can also use the data to investigate whether our conservation efforts are having a long-term effect on this peat-swamp forest following years of disturbance.