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Monarch Butterflies Threatened Due To North American Habitat Loss
2014-06-05 11:57:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Populations of monarch butterflies are projected to decline in eastern North America and a new study published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology concluded that habitat loss in North America would be to blame. "Our work provides the first evidence that monarch butterfly numbers in eastern North America are most sensitive to changes in the availability of milkweed on breeding grounds, particularly in the Corn Belt region of the...

Colorful 'Eyespots' On The Wings Of Butterflies Add Detail To The Story Of Evolution
2014-05-28 03:38:55

Oregon State University A new study of the colorful "eyespots" on the wings of some butterfly species is helping to address fundamental questions about evolution that are conceptually similar to the quandary Aristotle wrestled with about 330 B.C. – "which came first, the chicken or the egg?" After consideration, Aristotle decided that both the egg and the chicken had always existed. That was not the right answer. The new Oregon State University research is providing a little more...

Thirsty Butterflies And Bees Like Crocodile Tears
2014-05-01 03:54:03

Ecological Society of America The butterfly (Dryas iulia) and the bee (Centris sp.) were most likely seeking scarce minerals and an extra boost of protein. On a beautiful December day in 2013, they found the precious nutrients in the tears of a spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus), relaxing on the banks of the Río Puerto Viejo in northeastern Costa Rica. A boat carrying students, photographers, and aquatic ecologist Carlos de la Rosa was passing slowing and quietly by, and caught the...

Butterfly Emergence Patterns Influenced By Urbanization, Higher Temperatures
2014-04-28 03:12:46

North Carolina State University An international team of researchers has found that a subset of common butterfly species are emerging later than usual in urban areas located in warmer regions, raising questions about how the insects respond to significant increases in temperature. “We know that butterflies emerge earlier in North Carolina than they do in New England, because it’s warmer,” says Tyson Wepprich, a Ph.D. student at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the...

2014-04-14 23:08:16

Danville Science Center celebrates its annual Butterfly Hello and Thyme on April 19 with an herb fair, hands-on activities and butterfly releases. Danville, Virginia (PRWEB) April 14, 2014 Danville Science Center celebrates its annual Butterfly Hello and Thyme on Saturday, April 19. Early birds can dig into gardening at the Herb Fair from 9 am – Noon. Experts on site will cultivate guests’ knowledge to strengthen the green thumb of novice gardeners and experienced horticulturalists...

Skipping Meals May Affect Butterfly Wing Size And Coloration
2014-04-04 14:22:08

PLOS Two days without food for larvae may contribute to pale coloration, smaller butterfly wings High food stress may impact wing size and coloration—both indicators of migratory success—in monarch butterflies, according to results published April 2, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Haley Johnson from University of Jamestown and colleagues. Monarch butterflies migrate long distances according to the seasons every year. Because this requires so much energy, they...

A Single Gene Controls Wing Mimicry In Butterflies
2014-03-05 14:04:36

University of Chicago A single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures required for mimicry in swallowtail butterflies, report scientists from the University of Chicago, March 5 in Nature. Surprisingly, the gene described, doublesex, is already well-known for its critical role in sexual differentiation in insects. "Conventional wisdom says that it should be multiple genes working together to control the whole wing pattern of a butterfly," said Marcus Kronforst,...

2014-03-03 23:25:07

12,000 Exotic Butterflies, 100 species on display from March 1, 2014 - April 6, 2014 Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) March 03, 2014 The Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®), the Fort Worth Garden Club, the Fort Worth Botanical Society, and Cirro Energy are pleased to announce the opening of “Butterflies in the Garden,” the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in north central Texas in the conservatory of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220...

Kamehameha butterfly
2014-02-24 09:59:12

[ Watch the Video: Saving the Kamehameha Butterfly ] University of Hawaii at Manoa The Kamehameha butterfly is the state insect of Hawaii and one of two butterflies native to the 50th state. It’s a little smaller than a monarch butterfly. “They’re basically an orange, a kind of deep orange, sometimes almost a rosy, a pinkish hue and they have these white spots on them,” said Will Haines, a University of Hawaii at Manoa researcher from the Department of Plant and Environmental...

Discovery Of Two New Butterfly Species In Eastern USA
2014-02-19 11:31:56

Pensoft Publishers Butterflies are probably best-loved insects. As such, they are relatively well studied, especially in the United States. Eastern parts of the country are explored most thoroughly. First eastern US butterfly species were described by the father of modern taxonomy Carl Linnaeus himself, over 250 years ago. For the last two and a half centuries, naturalists have been cataloguing species diversity of eastern butterflies, and every nook and cranny has been searched. Some...


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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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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