Local butterflies develop taste for the exotic

The common birdwing butterfly. The NUS study found that this species is most abundant in  Singapore's urban parks.
The common birdwing butterfly. The NUS study found that this species is most abundant in Singapore's urban parks.PHOTO: GAN CHEONG WEEI
The common rose butterfly. Private gardens see the largest numbers of this species.
The common rose butterfly. Private gardens see the largest numbers of this species.PHOTO: GAN CHEONG WEEI

SINGAPORE - Two butterfly species native to Singapore have developed a taste for a plant from elsewhere after their native host plant here went extinct, a new study has found.

The key finding of the study - that non-native plants may benefit native wildlife - is a departure from the prevailing paradigm that exotic species negatively affect the environment.

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