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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. Rearing kits include live butterfly eggs, habitat container, pre-mixed caterpillar food and easy-to-follow instructions. Lake Worth, FL (PRWEB) October 30, 2013 To share the beauty of butterflies and to teach the biology of their four-stage lifecycle, butterfly farmer Suzanne Tilton gives away butterfly rearing kits featuring Painted Lady butterflies, just...

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

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. As part of the study, experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS), Colorado State University, the University of Minnesota, and others conducted a...

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

Dartmouth College 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, according to a new Dartmouth-Finnish study based on the most extensive analyses yet conducted of seasonal patterns in forest animals. The results are important because moths are a key food source for birds, bats and many other predators, and (in their caterpillar...

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

Pensoft Publishers The tiny diamondback moth (scientific name: Plutella xylostella) gets its common name from the array of diamond shapes along the margin of its forewing. Despite their diminutive size, the caterpillars of the diamondback moth exert tremendous damage on many crops including cabbage, broccoli, and crucifers at large. More than $1 billion is spent globally each year in efforts to control damage by this moth, reflecting its amazing capacity to evolve resistance to both...

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

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. According to James A. Foley of Nature World News, conservation groups are reporting that the number of monarch butterflies in the Mexican forests where they hibernate over the winter were at their lowest point in two...

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

Pensoft Publishers Butterflies and moths were the first biological indicators considered for the purpose of GMO monitoring within the VDI guidelines series. The European community stipulates a monitoring plan in order to trace and identify any harmful effects on human health or the environment of GMO after they have been placed on the market. Butterflies and moths are widely accepted as relevant protection goals and have often been suggested and applied as suitable indicators for the...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Monarch butterflies are known for their annual migration that spans several generations and can extend from Canada to Mexico. Tracking these majestic butterflies across thousands of miles and several generations has proven difficult for lepidopterologists, but new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B has done just that and revealed new details about the majestic insect's life cycle in the process. Before the...

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

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Butterflies have beautiful wings full of colorful patterns that do remarkable things with light. 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. If the team can figure out how to replicate the wings' light-manipulating properties, the discovery could lead to new...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Lepidopterists have thought for years that moths use their sense of hearing to avoid predation from bats. However, the new study, which was published in Scientific Reports, revealed that their tiny ears are also used to detect the mating whispers of other moths....


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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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