Decline in bogong moth numbers leaves pygmy mountain possums starving

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/25/decline-in-bogong-moth-numbers-leaves-pygmy-mountain-possums-starving

Published By: Climate change | The Guardian Link: http://https://www.findclimateanswers.com/decline-in-bogong-moth-numbers-leaves-pygmy-mountain-possums-starving/

Exclusive: climate change linked to ‘astonishing’ drop in bogong moth numbers, the key food source for possums while breeding

Numbers of unique Australian moths that migrate in their billions to alpine areas have crashed, ecologists say, putting extra pressure on the endangered mountain pygmy possum.

Scientists believe the “astonishing” drop in bogong moth numbers is linked to climate change and recent droughts in areas where the moths breed.

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