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Monarch Population Declining In Mexican Forests
2013-08-26 05:14:06

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Experts are concerned that monarch butterflies, famous for their nearly 3,000 mile migration to Mexico and coastal California during the late summer/early fall months, could be drastically decreasing in numbers. According to James A. Foley of Nature World News, conservation groups are reporting that the number of monarch butterflies in the Mexican forests where they hibernate over the winter were at their lowest point in two...

The Whys And Hows Of Standardized Methods For The GMO Monitoring Of Butterflies And Moths
2013-08-09 11:25:22

Pensoft Publishers Butterflies and moths were the first biological indicators considered for the purpose of GMO monitoring within the VDI guidelines series. The European community stipulates a monitoring plan in order to trace and identify any harmful effects on human health or the environment of GMO after they have been placed on the market. Butterflies and moths are widely accepted as relevant protection goals and have often been suggested and applied as suitable indicators for the...

Monarch Butterfly Migration Tracked
2013-08-07 13:18:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Monarch butterflies are known for their annual migration that spans several generations and can extend from Canada to Mexico. Tracking these majestic butterflies across thousands of miles and several generations has proven difficult for lepidopterologists, but new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B has done just that and revealed new details about the majestic insect's life cycle in the process. Before the...

2013-07-29 23:16:42

The fashion jewelry of brightandbold.com expands with Sunset Butterfly Earrings from Peru, made from preserved butterfly collections Sussex, WI (PRWEB) July 29, 2013 Sunset Butterfly Earrings are now available at brightandbold.com, an online eco boutique. These earrings are made from butterflies after they pass naturally, and are transformed into beautiful works of art. No butterfly is harmed in the process; wings are carefully preserved by hand in crystal clear resin to retain their...

Grassland Butterfly Populations Sinking In Europe
2013-07-24 11:28:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals that between 1990 and 2011, grassland butterfly populations have declined dramatically, caused by intensifying agriculture and a failure to manage grassland ecosystems. According to the report, the drop in grassland butterfly numbers is particularly worrisome. These butterfly species are considered representative indicators of trends observed for a host of other land...

Butterfly Wings Serve As Inspiration For Materials That Could Change Color By Design
2013-07-18 05:55:35

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Butterflies have beautiful wings full of colorful patterns that do remarkable things with light. A new study from a Hong Kong Baptist University team of physicists has uncovered how subtle differences in tiny crystals of butterfly wings create stunningly varied patterns of color, even among closely related species. If the team can figure out how to replicate the wings' light-manipulating properties, the discovery could lead to new...

Plant Distress Signals Can Attract Enemies
2013-07-02 15:02:35

Frontiers Plants that emit an airborne distress signal in response to herbivory may actually attract more enemies, according to a new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Plant Science. A team of researchers from Switzerland found that the odor released by maize plants under attack by insects attract not only parasitic wasps, which prey on herbivorous insects, but also caterpillars of the Egyptian cotton leafworm moth Spodoptera littoralis, a species that feeds on...

British Butterfly Needs Warm Weather This Summer For Survival
2013-06-10 11:38:26

University of Exeter Butterflies are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature and new research has revealed that when summer weather turns bad the silver-spotted skipper battles for survival. The butterfly, which previously faced extinction from habitat loss, is recovering following conservation efforts but the recent cool wet summers in England have almost stalled its progress. A 27 year study by researchers at the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of York,...

First Schaus Female Found In A Year Raises Hope For Revival Of Species
2013-06-03 20:14:14

University of Florida The fate of a species may rest upon a single butterfly captured in late May by University of Florida lepidopterists. A UF research technician netted a female Schaus swallowtail in Biscayne National Park on Elliott Key, the first capture of a female since a multi-agency work group got a permit to do so last year. The Schaus population has declined so much that last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued UF an emergency permit to collect eggs....


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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