"Butterflies and other insects in quarries and gravel pits - What's buzzing and crawling in mineral extraction sites" is the sixth volume of the HeidelbergCement book series on "Biodiversity in Mining Sites". Free download is now available.

HeidelbergCement has published the sixth in its book series on biodiversity in quarries and gravel pits. This book focuses on the largest and most diverse group of animals: insects. The book gives an overview into the mysterious world of insects, from fascinating lifecycles, to
the variety of habitats they enjoy in quarries, to how nature conservation at mineral extraction sites can help them to flourish.

There are about 1.1 million different species of insect in the world, with new species still being discovered all the time. They can fly, crawl, jump, swim – some even walk on water!

In a healthy ecosystem, insects play a crucial role. They help to break down and dispose of waste, provide a food source for many other animals, and act as pollinators – something we rely on heavily for our own food production.

So what makes quarries such a rich playground for this diverse group? Both active and rehabilitated quarries offer a large variety of different habitats, topographical features and microclimates to suit the wide-ranging needs of this diverse group. Insects are very sensitive to environmental change, which also makes them important indicators of habitat quality. The vast array of species surveyed within our quarries is a testament to he high quality and diversity of the habitats found at our sites.

Just open the book and enter their world!

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