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2009-07-03 13:43:32

The reintroduction of the Large Blue butterfly to Britain offers lessons in helping plants and animals threatened by climate change, scientists said. The Large Blue, whose scientific name is Maculinea arion, was successfully reintroduced 25 years ago after becoming extinct in 1979, scientists at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research said in a release Friday. Large Blues imported from Sweden were aided by the creation of small heat-shielded habitats, which could give today's...

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2009-07-02 15:25:00

What Europe can learn from the successful reintroduction of a once extinct butterfly in BritainIntelligent countryside management could improve the survival chances of animal and plant species threatened by climate change. The creation of small heat-shielded habitats and better links between habitats would counteract a moderate temperature increase and give threatened species more time to adapt better and/or to migrate to cooler regions. This is the conclusion drawn by scientists at the...

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2009-06-16 12:20:00

Ecologists are finally publishing decades of research that assisted them in the project that rescued the Large Blue butterfly from extinction in the United Kingdom after its re-introduction efforts. The butterfly was officially declared extinct in Britain in 1979, but has flourished again after conservationists had them imported from Sweden in the 1980s. They are now celebrating the 25th anniversary of the butterfly's re-introduction. Now there are more than 30 colonies, roughly making the...

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2009-02-06 08:12:57

Butterflies are the image of beauty, grace and harmlessness. However, one type has learned parasitic behavior: they fool ants giving them the royal treatment. The pupa of the Maculina rebeli butterfly emits an aroma that impersonates the ant's smell, and thus habituates inside the ant nest. Once a caterpillar, they even plead for food similar to the ant larvae, researchers announced in Friday's publication of the journal Science. Even more than that, not simply satisfied with food, the...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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