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How do butterfly wings become so vivid and colorful

How do butterfly wings become so vivid and colorful?

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Butterflies are some of nature’s most beautiful creatures, with the shiny blue Morpho butterfly standing out as among the most spectacular. But how do the colors and patterns featured on...

Latest Lepidoptera Stories

monarch migration
2014-10-02 07:38:01

Each year, millions of monarch butterflies set off on their 3,000-mile migration. Though there are species of Monarch butterflies throughout the world, only those in North America undertake such a miraculous migration.

monarch butterflies
2014-09-25 05:17:30

Large blue blobs appearing on weather radar last week above southern Illinois and central Missouri likely belonged to a swarm of Monarch butterflies, according to officials at the US National Weather Service in St. Louis.

Single Evolutionary Road May Lead To Rome
2014-09-10 03:52:50

A well-known biologist once theorized that many roads led to Rome when it comes to two distantly related organisms evolving a similar trait.

2014-09-09 23:12:13

Butterfly Lovers Unite to Celebrate this Vividly Colorful Insect; Dedicated Overnight Package Pine Mountain, GA (PRWEB) September 09, 2014 September

Butterfly Wing Color Changes In New Yale Research
2014-08-07 03:19:40

Yale University scientists have chosen the most fleeting of mediums for their groundbreaking work on biomimicry: They've changed the color of butterfly wings.

butterfly gene repair
2014-08-07 04:00:04

New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers.

butterfly family tree
2014-08-02 05:09:49

In the first study of its kind to use large-scale, next-generation DNA sequencing, a team of researchers from the University of Florida have traced nearly 3,000 genes to the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths.

2014-07-23 23:10:36

Kitty Ganzel is a resident of Monarch Landing, a retirement community which promotes opportunities for seniors to live active and vibrant lifestyles. (PRWEB)

Plants Respond To Leaf Vibrations Caused By Chewing Caterpillars
2014-07-02 03:34:36

researchers determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more defenses.

Monarch Butterflies Rely In Part On Magnetic Compass For Navigation
2014-06-25 07:52:07

New research uncovers that monarch butterflies make the 2,000-mile journey to the same mountains in Mexico using the Earth's magnetic field.


Latest Lepidoptera Reference Libraries

Black Stream Glider, Neurothemis fulvia
2013-07-25 14:24:03

The black stream glider (Neurothemis fulvia) is a species of dragonfly that is native to India and neighboring areas. It is typically found near forested areas with slow moving streams and canals. It can be seen perching on many objects within these areas like aquatic plants, and boulders. The black stream glider is medium in size, with males holding an average abdomen length of up to 1.1 inches and females holding an abdomen that reaches a length of up to .9 inches. Both males and females...

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2009-04-28 21:04:39

The Plutella xylostella is often referred to as the Diamondback or Cabbage moth. This species is has a brief lifespan of only 14 days and is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean region of Europe, but has since dispersed across the world. This species is capable of reproducing quickly and can travel great distances. Diamondback are considered serious pests in warmer climates when the absence of a harsh winter prevents their eggs from being destroyed. The moths are resistant to...

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2009-04-28 21:01:20

The Argema mittrei, more commonly known as the Comet or Moon Moth, is an endangered species. It is a native of Madagascar and that is the only place where one can observe them in the wild. This large silk moth can be bred in captivity and is one of the world's largest moths. Males have an average wing span of nearly 8 inches and a tail span of almost 6 inches. The lifespan of an adult moth is only 4-5 days and they are capable of reproduction from day 1. Their cocoons are uniquely...

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2009-04-28 20:58:59

The Agrotis infusa or Bogong moth is a species of nocturnal moth that in spring will swarm in great numbers around public buildings in Canberra, Australia. They are commonly found in Southern parts of Australia featuring a wingspan of one and three quarters inches and are brown or black in color with stout bodies covered with long thick scales. Larvae are often called cutworms and feed on a variety of plants of which they "cut" pieces and carry them back to their burrows for food. Adult...

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2008-08-06 17:51:14

The Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia), also known as the Eyed Tiger Moth, is a moth of the Arctiidae family. It is distributed throughout the southern and eastern United States from New England to Mexico. This species has a wingspan of 3 inches. The wings are bright white with a pattern of neat black blotches, some hollow and some solid. The abdomen is dark blue with orange markings. The male has a narrow yellow line on the sides. Its legs have black and white bands. Adult moths...

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