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2008-09-07 21:00:11

At the Oceanfront, one set of visitors arrives late in the summer and hangs around long after Labor Day. They'd be the perfect visitors to extend the tourist season, except they are birds. Called sanderlings, these buff and white critters arrive en masse in late August. Many stay all winter because they find our cold weather beaches and Oceanfront dining to their liking. These late summer arrivals that turn more pale and gray as they lose their breeding plumage are so familiar to August...

2008-09-02 00:00:12

Young people working to protect a delicate endangered butterfly have received a financial boost. The funding will help members of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) charity regenerate the habitat of the pearl-bordered fritillary on Bodmin Moor. The aid is from GreenPrints, a volunteering programme that offers funding and practical support for projects that improve the environment, carried out by people aged 16 to 25. Organiser Betty Levene said: "This butterfly was...

2008-08-30 09:00:36

By Denis Cuff It was one small flight for a butterfly, but one giant leap for a species. Butterfly No. 15 emerged from her foam cup home and fluttered off into the wild in the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Preserve on Friday morning, during the first release of endangered Lange's metalmark butterflies reared in captivity. No. 15 was one of 30 pregnant butterflies released by a team of biologists in a last-ditch effort to save the fragile orange-brown- and-white species that lives in...

2008-08-07 03:00:17

By Crable, Ad FT. INDIANTOWN GAP - It is indeed an irony of the natural world that the largest colony of the beautiful regal fritillary butterfly east of the Mississippi is on a military reservation where the earth is blasted asunder, churned up and burned over. An ancient North American species, the regal is a large reddish-orange butterfly that has been described as a monarch butterfly dipped in chocolate. A butterfly of old fields, pastures and the plains of the prairie, it was once...

2008-08-06 09:00:31

GATLINBURG, Tenn. _ A decade ago, scientists decided it would be smart to know exactly what plants and animals populate America's most-visited national park, the Great Smokies. Today they are 16,570 species into the nation's largest biological roundup, known in science-talk as the "All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory" or ATBI. Maybe twice as many species are yet to be found, but that's just a guess. The casual visitor, jockeying to park at a crowded Smokies overlook, might expect the staff to...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Phillips, Anna Lena An art-science collaboration yields rich insights Joint efforts between historically distinct disciplines raise a lot of questions- and, sometimes, eyebrows. In the case of art-science collaborations, skepticism can threaten to jettison experimentation: What can art say that science hasn't already said? An exhibit at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., suggests some answers to this question. Taxa, a series of paintings by Isabella Kirkland,...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. _ A young bunny munching on grass is barely aware of the audience he attracts while he eats lunch. Bees buzz everywhere. A butterfly lands on a flower to sit and sip a while. It's yet another day in the new Habitat Garden at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., and designer Denise Greene is happy with what she sees. The 15,000-square-foot area, built in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, is a teaching garden that helps theme park visitors learn about...

2008-07-22 18:00:50

The milkweed adheres to the adage Know your enemy by using fast repair work when its defenses are damaged by hungry caterpillars, U.S. researchers said. Cornell University researchers examined the way milkweed evolved to the monarch butterfly caterpillar's changing attempts to disarm the plant, the Ithaca, N.Y., university said in a news release. They found the plant may be evolving away from its defenses against certain caterpillars toward repairing themselves faster than caterpillars...

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2008-07-22 15:50:00

The adage that your enemies know your weaknesses best is especially true in the case of plants and predators that have co-evolved: As the predators evolve new strategies for attack, plants counter with their own unique defenses. Milkweed is the latest example of this response, according to Cornell research suggesting that plant may be shifting away from elaborate defenses against specialized caterpillars toward a more energy-efficient approach. Genetic analysis reveals an evolutionary trend...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

By LIZ PHILLIPS Learning all about bees and butterflies took a step closer for Eden Park Primary School pupils at Brixham after a special wildlife garden was created by volunteers. Devon Wildlife Trust supporters and volunteers from EDF Energy teamed up to create a new hands-on study area for the youngsters. Volunteer Becky Clark said: "We repainted four benches, built a new pond, created an area for bumble bees to colonise, dug out a stony patch of ground and planted about 40 species...


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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