Oskar studies the ecology of nocturnal butterflies

Last changed: 09 January 2023
Oskar Lövbom species determines butterflies in the lab. Photo.
Oskar Lövbom writes his master's thesis at the Department of Wildlife, fish and environmental studies. Photo: Susanna Bergström

Can nocturnal butterflies use power lines in the forest as a habitat? Oskar wants to find out in his master's thesis at Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies.

Who am I?

My name is Oskar Lövbom, I'm 24 years old and I am born and raised in Sundsvall, Sweden. For 4 years now I have been living in Umeå while studying biology and I have recently started my master's thesis.

What is your Masters thesis about?

For my Master's thesis I am investigating if nocturnal butterflies can use power lines as a form of habitat. Earlier studies have shown that some day-living butterflies and wild bees have been found there.

Why did you choose that topic?

My favourite area within ecology is ecosystem services, the services the nature gives back to us humans, and especially pollination and pollinating insects. Therefore, I chose to study nocturnal butterflies, or moths. Since they are underrepresented in science it only gives more reason to do so.

The butterflies has Oskar caught in insect traps in a nature reserve in Umeå. This is what it looks like when he pins and identifies them. Photo: Susanna Bergström
Pinned butterflies. Photo.
This beautiful butterfly is called Clifden Nonpareil (Catocala fraxini) it is recognized by its size and its blue ribbon on the wings. Photo: Susanna Bergström
Oskar Lövbom. Photo: Susanna Bergström
Pinned butterfly. Photo.
This moth is called Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea). This one that Oskar got in his insect trap is the first one seen in Västerbotten. Photo: Susanna Bergström
 Hands stretching and pinning butterfly wings. Photo.
Carefully Oskar pins this butterfly that has not yet been identified. It belongs to the group Geometridae. Photo: Susanna Bergström