Ecosystem changes and global climate changes, caused by natural causes or human activities in recent years are not happening only on polar caps and glaciers, but also in our immediate surroundings. Humanity is becoming aware of this changes and is also becoming aware that sustainable and stable natural ecosystems are important for the environment, as well as they are important for human society, because they provide maintenance of clean drinking water and food production.
Ecosystems are composed of an enormous number of species of living organisms, therefore assessment of the state of the ecosystem and prompt detection of its changes can be difficult.
Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) is the second largest order of insects (Insecta) with complete metamorphosis on the planet, outnumbered by species only by beetles (Coleoptera). Currently there are more than 250 thousand species of butterflies and moths known in the world fauna.
Lepidoptera is one of the best explored groups of invertebrate in the world. They are an integral part of biocenosis and their ecology is mostly well known. Therefore, they can be used as key organisms, as indicators of ecosystem assessment, in which they live.
By the year 2000 approximately 60 species of the family Noctuidae for Pavlodar region in Kazakhstan were known and described. From this year and until now we have succeeded to find additional 400 species. We research Lepidoptera fauna of this area and look for relevant indicator species.
By raising knowledge and awareness of importance of ecosystem protection, among local residents, especially children, and by popularization of “aesthetically attractive” butterflies, unique for this area, we work actively to boost their involvement into nature conservation.
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