Journal of Insect Conservation

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 93–95 | Cite as

Are butterfly releases at weddings a conservation concern or opportunity?

Editorial Notes


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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