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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

Intelligent countryside management could improve the survival chances of animal and plant species threatened by climate change.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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2009-02-06 08:12:57

Butterflies are the image of beauty, grace and harmlessness. However, one type has learned parasitic behavior: they fool ants giving them the royal treatment.

2009-01-08 16:40:00

New tires allow race cars to take tight turns at high speeds. Hind wings give moths and butterflies similar advantages: They are not necessary for basic flight but help these creatures take tight turns to evade predators.

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2008-12-28 14:05:00

The National Trust stated that UK wildlife is struggling to cope as erratic and unseasonal weather has taken its toll for a second consecutive year.


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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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