Who doesn’t love butterflies? But really, a lawsuit because an endangered butterfly species might have trouble flying over the border wall?
And what about U.S. citizens’ lives being endangered by a chaotic no-secure-border policy?
….A lawsuit was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), along with other environmental groups, against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which stated the Quino checkerspot butterfly, which is native to southern California and northwestern Mexico, could be threatened by the proposed border wall.
According to the lawsuit, the Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino), which is already listed as endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act, cannot fly high enough to follow their normal migration patterns if the wall was built.
“It really can’t fly above around 15 feet above the ground,” J.P. Rose, a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, said, ABC affiliate KGTV reported. “So if you put in a 30- to 40-foot wall along the border, the ability of it to migrate from northern Mexico to the U.S. is going to be impossible.”….
Apart from the butterfly, the lawsuit stated the riverside fairy shrimp and the Pacific pocket mouse will also be threatened if the wall becomes a reality.
However, the butterfly species might be tougher than we think. In the 1990s, it was observed that the butterfly’s population decreased because of climate change and habitat loss. But scientists later discovered the butterfly species was very much capable of adapting to the changes. It was found the Quino checkerspot shifted to cooler climates and also chose a different plant to lay eggs on. The findings had offered hope to scientists that other insects and species might be able to adapt to the changing climate….
Yep, it’s that darn “climate change,”… not really having much of an impact.