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Disappearing Butterfly Mystery Solved
2012-10-21 10:19:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Using radar, researchers have successfully tracked the autumn migration of the painted lady, solving once and for all the mystery of what happened to the butterfly species after it disappeared from the UK at summer's end. While some believed that the colorful species of creature simply died out when the season ended, new research published in the journal Ecography reports they actually flee the UK and head south, migrating...

2012-09-19 23:01:20

Dorothy and Leo Keeler are wildlife photographers and founding members of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Their newest project offers creative incentives to help restore monarch butterflies across North America. The Milkweed for Monarchs Butterfly Garden Project is posted on Kickstarter.com and is designed to help restore monarchs by offering creative gifts to people who contribute to their butterfly garden project and are inspired to create Monarch Waystations of...

Guantanamo Bay Has Surprising Biodiversity
2012-09-07 11:04:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the first study of butterflies and moths on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, University of Florida scientists have discovered a vast biodiversity in an area previously unknown to researchers. The study, which appears in the Bulletin of the Allyn Museum, creates a baseline for understanding how different plant and animal species have spread throughout the Caribbean. “Biodiversity studies are extremely important because...

2012-08-31 23:03:40

Magical Butterfly Releases was created to offer clients a memorable way to remember a special occasion. Miami, FL (PRWEB) August 31, 2012 Magical Butterfly Releases was created to offer clients a memorable way to remember a special occasion. This new business will help provide the much needed funding to help A Safe Haven for Newborns. Enhance any celebration with a live butterfly release. Releasing live butterflies is an indescribably memorable experience. Their shimmering beauty and...

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2012-08-20 18:57:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Climate change scientists from around the world have turned to everything from satellite imaging to the latest supercomputers in their investigations, but researchers from Harvard University have gathered data from a less traditional source for their latest study–the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. According to the scientists´ analysis of the amateur nature group´s almost 20,000 expedition accounts, climate change could...

Monarch Butterflies Get A Break From Mexican Perils
2012-08-17 07:07:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every fall, millions of Monarch butterflies make the 3,000-mile journey from Canada along the California coastline to central Mexico. Clouds of black, orange and white butterflies descend upon the oyamel fir trees in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve is 200 square miles in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. One of the biggest obstacles that has faced the butterflies who winter in Mexico was deforestation by illegal...

Fukushima Radiation Has Affected Butterflies
2012-08-14 08:42:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Exposure to radioactive material released into the environment has caused mutations in butterflies found in Japan, according to a new study out of the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa. An increase in leg, antennae and wing shape mutations among butterflies collected following the 2011 Fukushima accident were found by the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports. Laboratory experiments exposed the link between these...

2012-07-26 11:05:04

Test of captive butterflies shows association between pigment level and flight distance For monarch butterflies, redder wings are correlated with better flight performance, according to research published July 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. Previous work has shown that monarch coloring is intended to warn their predators about their bitter taste and toxicity, and that migratory butterflies are darker colored than non-migratory ones, suggesting an association between darker...

Wing Bling: Flashier Is Better For Female Butterflies
2012-06-11 14:21:23

If female butterflies are programmed to identify males of their species by the patterns of spots on their wings, how can new wing patterns evolve in males? The answer is that while females are predisposed to prefer a specific pattern, they learn to like flashier ones more, according to a new Yale University study. The study published online the week of June 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences gives a partial explanation of an evolutionary mystery. Biologists...


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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