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2009-08-14 10:20:00

Know-how developed at the UFZ is already being applied in Australia and Israel, where monitoring networks are being set up. In Germany the UFZ set up the Butterfly Monitoring Scheme five years ago together with the German Society for the Conservation of Butterflies and Moths (GfS). Since then, more than 500 volunteers have been counting and recording butterflies with a standardized method all over the country, providing the researchers with important data on distributions and trends of...

2009-08-11 10:40:22

A U.S. researcher says climate change affects are as important to animals as they are to insects such as butterflies and beetles. Animals such as polar bears, tigers and dolphins are tremendously important, but mostly because they help define how we think about our relationship with the natural world, University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor Jessica Hellmann said. But when it comes to the functioning of ecosystems, insects are where it's at. They carry diseases, they pollinate and they...

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2009-07-29 15:05:00

If it were up to Jessica Hellmann, insects such as butterflies and beetles would wield just as much conservation clout as traditional conservation icons, such as polar bears, tigers and dolphins.Why?"Animals such as polar bears, tigers and dolphins are tremendously important, but mostly because they help define how we think about our relationship with the natural world," says Hellmann. "But when it comes to the functioning of ecosystems, insects are where it's at."Why are insects so...

2009-07-03 13:43:32

The reintroduction of the Large Blue butterfly to Britain offers lessons in helping plants and animals threatened by climate change, scientists said. The Large Blue, whose scientific name is Maculinea arion, was successfully reintroduced 25 years ago after becoming extinct in 1979, scientists at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research said in a release Friday. Large Blues imported from Sweden were aided by the creation of small heat-shielded habitats, which could give today's...

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2009-07-02 15:25:00

What Europe can learn from the successful reintroduction of a once extinct butterfly in BritainIntelligent countryside management could improve the survival chances of animal and plant species threatened by climate change. The creation of small heat-shielded habitats and better links between habitats would counteract a moderate temperature increase and give threatened species more time to adapt better and/or to migrate to cooler regions. This is the conclusion drawn by scientists at the...

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2009-06-16 12:20:00

Ecologists are finally publishing decades of research that assisted them in the project that rescued the Large Blue butterfly from extinction in the United Kingdom after its re-introduction efforts. The butterfly was officially declared extinct in Britain in 1979, but has flourished again after conservationists had them imported from Sweden in the 1980s. They are now celebrating the 25th anniversary of the butterfly's re-introduction. Now there are more than 30 colonies, roughly making the...

2009-06-08 10:27:00

CHICAGO, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kevin Cook, options instructor for www.ONN.tv , welcomes Dan Keegan of The Chicago School of Trading to look at one way to play Apple with an out-of-the-money call butterfly strategy. Keegan made this trade recommendation in mid-May when share prices were still below $130, reaping a sizable gain on a $0.43 per share investment as AAPL rallied above $145. In a short video session including profit-and-loss graphics, Cook and Keegan breakdown the risk/reward of...

2009-04-06 13:54:54

Yale University biologists say they've determined butterflies seem able to both attract mates and ward off predators by using different sides of their wings. You want to be noticeable and desirable for mates, but other onlookers, including predators, are paying attention to those signals as well, said Jeffrey Oliver, a Yale postdoctoral researcher. Oliver was interested in whether the eyespots on the upper side of butterflies' wings serve a different purpose than the ones on the underside....

2009-04-06 07:00:00

New Permanent Exhibit Features Native Butterflies in Their Natural Habitat COLUMBIA, S.C., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of butterflies are taking flight at EdVenture Children's Museum this spring. EdVenture's newest attraction, "Blooming Butterflies," an outdoor nature exhibit featuring hundreds of butterflies flying amongst native green foliage and flowers, will open in late spring. The innovative butterfly laboratory draws on the insect's mystique to stimulate interest in science...

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2009-04-01 16:00:00

Butterflies seem able to both attract mates and ward off predators using different sides of their wings, according to new research by Yale University biologists. Trying to find the balance between these two crucial behaviors is one of nature's oldest dilemmas, according to Jeffrey Oliver, a postdoctoral associate in Yale's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and lead author on the study, which appears online today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological...


Latest Butterfly Reference Libraries

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2009-04-28 15:52:13

Buddaleja utahensis is more commonly known as the Utah Butterfly Bush or the Panamint Butterfly Bushand is indigenous to the southwestern United States. Growing nearly 20 inches tall, this bristly shrub features expasive branching network with a wide circumference. Its leaves give off a silvery green color resulting from the fine hairs that cover the plant. Each leaf has a bumpy texture with sides that curl under and measures approximately 1inch. Bundles of tubular soft green flowers...

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2007-12-27 10:26:59

The Rothschild's Birdwing (Ornithoptera rothschildi), is a large butterfly from the birdwing genus endemic to the Arfak Mountains, Western New Guinea. The Rothschild's Birdwing has the most restricted distribution of all birdwings. Its preferred habitat is flowering meadows in an altitude from 6500 to 8800 feet. The females can reach a wingspan up to 6 inches. The forewings are dark brown to blackish brown with creamy white to grayish spots. The hindwings rimmed with black scales and have...

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2007-12-27 09:55:38

The Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion), is Australia's largest native butterfly species. Cairns Birdwings are found southwards from Mount Webb and Cooktown to Mackay in Queensland. Favored habitat is primary rainforest, although the species will breed readily in a home garden if the correct larval host plants are grown. Males have a predominately black upper wing with emerald green flashes, however the female lacks the green coloring, having a plain black upper wing with white...

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2007-12-27 09:52:26

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae), is the largest butterfly in the world. The species was named by Lord Walter Rothschild in 1907, in honor of Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. The first European to discover the species was Albert Stewart Meek in 1906, a collector employed by Lord Walter Rothschild to collect natural history specimens from Papua New Guinea. Although the first specimen was taken with the aid of a small shotgun, Meek soon...

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2005-09-12 10:40:35

The Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) is a common swallowtail butterfly found in western North America. Both the upper and lower sides of its wings are black, but the upper wing has a broad yellow stripe across it, which gives the butterfly an overall yellow appearance. Striking blue spots adorn the rear edge of the rear wing, and the characteristic tails of the swallowtails. Its wingspan is 7-9 cm and its body is somewhat shorter than the rather similar Western Tiger Swallowtail, with...

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