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2013-10-30 23:35:02

Butterfly Lady continues her fifth year giving away Painted Lady butterfly rearing kits just for the cost of shipping and handling.

Monarch Butterfly Grassroots Conservation
2013-10-29 05:31:15

US citizens love their monarch butterflies – so much so that they are apparently willing to contribute at least $4.78 billion dollars to conservation organizations working to protect the declining species, according to research published Monday in the journal Conservation Letters.

Higher Latitude Moths Less Susceptible To Temperature Changes
2013-09-24 10:11:14

Moths in northern Finland are less susceptible to rising temperatures than expected, suggesting high latitude moth populations around the world may be partly buffered from the effects of rapid climate warming

Overlooked Diversity In The Diamondback Moth
2013-08-29 11:26:57

Despite their diminutive size, the caterpillars of the diamondback moth exert tremendous damage on many crops including cabbage, broccoli, and crucifers at large.

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

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.

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

Butterflies and moths were the first biological indicators considered for the purpose of GMO monitoring within the VDI guidelines series.

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

Researchers have tracked the tricky migration patterns of monarch butterflies and revealed new details about the majestic insect's life cycle in the process.

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

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.

Moths Use Hearing Differently When Picking Up Mating Calls
2013-07-08 14:30:46

A joint team of Japanese and Danish researchers has found various moth species taking Salt-n-Pepa's suggestion to the next level -- talking about sex in a variety of ways.


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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tourtiere
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