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Nature

THE BEAUTY OF BUTTERFLIES IN THE AMAZON OF PERU

Iquitos (Peru) / The Austrian Gudrun Sperrer has dedicated almost 20 years to spread the beauty of butterflies and to protect them through education from the center “Pilpintuwasi”, the “House of Butterflies”, a place in the heart of the Amazon.

“Pilpintuwasi” is located in the village of Padre Cocha, near the city of Iquitos and the confluence of the Nanay River with the mighty Amazon and it is dedicated in body and soul to the protection of nature and to the breeding and study of lepidoptera.

Sperrer, a butterfly breeder and self-taught biologist, arrived in Peru 35 years ago and she has spent most of that time dedicated to raising butterflies, a passion that started with a commercial idea (the sale of pupae to museums, zoos and collectors from around the world) and that led to an eagerness to know and protect these animals.

“Butterflies from around the world are in danger from felling trees and above all from ignorance and ignorance about their life cycles and host plants. People do not know that each species of butterfly only lays eggs in one specific type of plant.When eliminating plants without knowing, they also eliminate the chances of whole species reproducing”, Sperrer explained to EFE.

As an example, she cited the case of Austria, where the eradication of nettles has almost led to the extinction of the butterfly knowna as “Peacock’s Eye” because it was not known that this was the host plant of that species.

According to their calculations, in Peru, there are between 5,000 and 6,000 different species of butterflies, of the more than 25,000 that are on the planet, whose host plants are not known “nor 1%”. (October 3, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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Lee la noticia y responde las preguntas. (Read the news and answer the questions)

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Question 1
La noticia habla...
A
de la publicación un nuevo estudio sobre la vida de las mariposas.
B
de un centro que está dedicado a las mariposas.
C
del descubrimiento de una nueva especie de mariposa.
Question 2
En la noticia se dice que...
A
este centro está en un país de América del Sur.
B
este centro está en un país de América del Norte.
C
este centro está en una isla del continente americano.
Question 3
Sperrer trabaja en un centro que protege a las mariposas.
A
No se sabe.
B
Verdadero.
C
Falso.
Question 4
En la noticia se dice que desde el principio Sperrer quiso proteger a las mariposas.
A
Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
Question 5
Según la noticia...
A
las mariposas depositan los huevos solo en las ortigas.
B
la desaparición de un tipo de planta no pone en peligro a las mariposas.
C
cada tipo de mariposa deposita los huevos en un tipo determinado de planta.
Question 6
En Perú habitan miles de especies de mariposas diferentes.
A
Verdadero.
B
Falso.
C
No se sabe.
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