The Painted Lady Butterfly Project
By: Mark Risley, Britnie Wright, Dayna Pech
Painted lady's biome : The Grasslands
The biome known as grasslands has many features. First is the climate, due to the mountains placed that block air masses from the ocean, making polar air masses dominant in the winter making a colder environment; however in the summer conntential air mass is domiantant causing some rainfall. In this biome the painted lady must compete for food before the winter hits, as not much grows and everything becomes dormant. The Painted Lady also faces fear of fires, as they are very common and dangerous; however not all is lost as only the tops of the grass is destroyed, and will be able to grow back. The grasslands are being threatened by the spread of urban development and farming. Also 25% of grasslands have disappeared because of people building power plants, cities, schools, roads, permanent homes. The wildlife such as Prairie dogs are endangered due to farmers thinking they are best for hurting their cattle and killing the Prairie dogs.