“Lepidopterists are today generally seen as ’black sheep’ or even potential criminals by fundamental conservationists and ideologically brain washed general public. It is well known for many years (e.g. KUDRNA 1986), that butterflies are threatened by the loss of habitat and that no European butterfly species has been exterminated due to collecting. It is also established that no European butterfly species has ever been saved by a ban on collecting. A ban on colleting, including a ban on close observation that may “disturb” butterflies, as imposed for instance by German and Spanish legislation, serves no useful purpose, except providing alibi for those, who destroy butterfly habitats, and indirectly blaming lepidopterists (s.l.), who are too few, to have a sufficient political lobby able to influence elections.”
Kudrna, O., 2015. A plea for the employment of scientific names and methods in lepidopterology, with special reference to butterfly conservation (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Quadrifina, 12, 27-36.
Hooray for Ottakar Kudrna!!