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Expect To See Fewer Monarch Butterflies This Spring
2013-03-14 18:12:32

Every year, hoards of Monarch butterflies begin their epic journey north. Unfortunately, there will be fewer butterflies to take this journey during the coming months.

Monarch Butterflies Won't Migrate North Unless They Can Chill Out First In Mexico
2013-02-22 10:09:45

Millions of monarch butterflies from across the eastern U.S. begin a southward migration each fall to escape the frigid temperatures of the northern boundary of their range. They travel up to 2,000 miles to reach an overwintering site in a very specific grove of fir trees in central Mexico.

2012-09-19 23:01:20

Dorothy and Leo Keeler are wildlife photographers and founding members of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

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

Every fall, millions of Monarch butterflies make the 3,000-mile journey from Canada along the California coastline to central Mexico.

2012-07-26 11:05:04

For monarch butterflies, redder wings are correlated with better flight performance.

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2012-06-02 11:47:09

The phenomenon is both spectacular and mysterious: How do the insects learn these particular routes and why do they stick to them?

Monarch Butterfly Population Continues To Decline
2012-03-23 06:32:38

A Texas A&M researcher has found evidence that the population of Monarch butterflies continues to shrink.

New Study Reveals That Butterflies Know Exactly Where To Go
2012-03-21 06:30:50

New research provides scientists with details about the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies and their endangered habitats.

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2010-10-12 08:00:00

Monarch butterflies appear to use medicinal plants to treat their offspring for disease, research by biologists at Emory University shows.

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2010-07-27 07:31:37

Monarch butterflies — renowned for their lengthy annual migration to and from Mexico — complete an even more spectacular journey home than previously thought.


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2005-08-25 10:17:06

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a well-known North American butterfly with easily identifiable orange and black wings. The females have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot in the center of each hindwing from which pheromones are released. Monarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. They make massive southward migrations from August through October. A northward migration takes place in the spring. During these migrations the females...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.