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2014-08-02 05:09:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the first study of its kind to use large-scale, next-generation DNA sequencing, a team of researchers from the University of Florida have traced nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths. The findings, to be published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, create an extensive “Tree of Lepidoptera” and build the evolutionary framework for future ecological and genetics...

Monarch Butterflies Won't Migrate North Unless They Can Chill Out First In Mexico
2013-02-22 10:09:45

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Millions of monarch butterflies from across the eastern U.S. begin a southward migration each fall to escape the frigid temperatures of the northern boundary of their range. They travel up to 2,000 miles to reach an overwintering site in a very specific grove of fir trees in central Mexico. A new study from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) suggests the butterflies require the exposure to coldness in the...

Butterflies In The UK On The Decline Due To Wet Weather
2012-07-16 07:32:56

Derek Walter for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It isn´t just the Olympics that may suffer from the wet weather that UK residents are experiencing. The damp weather may impact the country´s Big Butterfly Count, an annual event run by charity Butterfly Conservation. It began on July 14th and runs through Aug. 5th. Butterfly Conversation President Sir David Attenborough urged more public participation, especially given the negative impact that damp weather has on...

2009-07-31 12:25:00

Researchers are concerned that butterfly populations may be in decline, possibly signaling a worsening environment, The Associated Press reported. Butterflies are known to be sensitive to changes in their habitats. "When you see the absence of butterflies, you know something is wrong," said Jerry Payne, an entomologist on a recent counting expedition to Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, about 70 miles south of Atlanta. Payne has tracked butterfly habitats for years and believes man is the...

2008-09-03 18:00:16

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island has listed the results of the fifth annual North American Butterfly Association Butterfly Count for Rhode Island on the Audubon Web site, www.asri.org. Both amateurs and experts spent June 28 and July 12 identifying all butterflies spotted in a 24-hour period in various areas, including 11 in South County, with a total of 3,521 butterflies and 51 species recorded. One of the rare finds was the Variegated Fritillary, reported at Ninigret National...

2007-06-15 23:20:00

MIAMI -- The volunteers tote a butterfly net, binoculars and field guides around the Miami Metrozoo grounds, scanning the plants and flowers for fluttering wings. But they aren't searching for a rare species or collecting specimens for display - they're counting butterflies for the Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network, then leaving the insects to continue their zigzagging flights through the humid air. As the summer butterfly watching season warms up, researchers hope similar counts organized...

Latest Butterflies Reference Libraries

2005-09-07 19:03:20

The superfamily Papilionoidea contains all the butterflies except for the skippers, which are classified in superfamily Hesperioidea. Some authors treat this grouping as a series (Papilioniformes) within a single superfamily that also includes the skippers. However, all are agreed that, although all the butterflies constitute a single monophyletic clade, a distinction needs to be made between the skippers and the rest of the butterflies. Compared with the skippers, in the families that are...

2005-07-13 19:45:44

The swallowtail butterflies form the family Papilionidae (550 species). They are large, colorful butterflies. The majority are tropical, but members of the family are found on all continents except Antarctica. This family includes the largest butterflies in the world, the birdwing butterflies of Australasia (genus Troides). Swallowtails vary from all other butterflies in a number of anatomical traits. Most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the...

2005-07-13 09:20:02

A butterfly is a flying insect of the order Lepidoptera belonging to one of the superfamilies Hesperioidea (the skippers) and Papilionoidea (all other butterflies). Many butterflies have remarkable colors and patterns on their wings. People who study or collect butterflies (or the closely related moths) are called lepidopterists. Butterfly watching is growing in popularity as a hobby. The four stages in the lifecycle of a butterfly Unlike many insects, butterflies do not experience a...

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