The project

Data from sources such as the European Red List of Butterflies indicate negative trends in the number of insects in Europe, in fact over 30% of taxa show regression. One of the most threatened butterflies in Europe is Parnassius apollo. Its decrease in numbers during the last 25 years is 20-50%.

The aim of this international project is to recreate the Parnassius apollo populations in 3 functional areas: Sudetes and White Carpathians in the Continental bioregion and strengthen the Austrian population in the Alpine bioregion.

The first of its kind

During the project, 3 additional breeding farms and 3 new functional areas will be created to anchor the populations in natural conditions, as well as at least 38 “stepping stone sites” to secure species migration corridors between the new sites. The project is therefore the first to implement test and pilot actions for further population development in the bioregions by:

  • Recreating of populations in Poland, Czechia in the Continental bioregion and strengthening the Austrian population in the Alpine bioregion
  • Creating a coherent methodology for Apollo butterfly protection in the Continental bioregion
  • Improving habitat quality of the species such as protecting breeding habitats and feeding grounds
  • Creating ecological corridors
  • Raising awareness towards the conservation and maintenance of habitats and of the species
  • Strengthening social involvement in species protection


We are pleased to report that the first pupae have appeared at the beginning of May in our #LIFEApollo2020 breeding at the Uniemysl Field Station in Poland (Karczma sądowa: Sudecka Stacja Terenowa Klubu Przyrodników)! This is a whole month earlier compared to last year. We can therefore expect beautiful adult butterfly forms at the beginning of June 🦋😮.
#LIFEApollo2020 #FollowApollo #LIFEProgramme

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Keep calm and keep debushing ans Sedum planting 🤙 #parnassiusapollo #lifeprogramme #followapollo #austria ...

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In April Naturschutzhunde 🐶🐕‍🦺has received reinforcement for our LIFE Apollo2020 project. Ulrike & Echo as well as Suzanne & Allie have successfully completed the B-certification and thus qualified themselves for deployment. Our best wishes are with the freshly formed teams as they set out to find the Apollo butterfly`s caterpillars.
#naturschutzhunde #parnassiusapollo #LIFEApollo2020 #snifferdogs #LIFEprogramme

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