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2009-12-16 12:46:00

LUTON, England, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- It would seem that not everyone is dreaming of a white Christmas this year as award winning low fares airline Monarch gets set to fly almost 140,000 customers to warmer climes in Europe for the festive period. Between Friday 18 December and Monday 04 January 10, Monarch will operate 1,724 scheduled flights to some of Europe's key hotspots with top destinations this year being Tenerife, Malaga and Alicante, where temperatures of up to 21 degrees C...

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2009-11-22 07:37:04

The mysterious Monarch butterfly, which migrates annually between Canada and Mexico, is now facing a new peril: another insect thriving in Western Mexican forests. Some 8,000 oyamel fir trees were cut down in July to remove beetles that threaten the Monarch's ages-old migration. But now another small beetle has since taken to devouring the savory tree trunks, further endangering the butterflies' winter colonies. Homero Gomez, president of El Rosario Sanctuary, says, "We are working to...

2009-10-06 07:25:00

LUTON, England, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Award winning travel group Monarch has launched a new version of its website, www.monarch.co.uk, with a whole new look and feel as well as added functionality, making it even easier to find the lowest fares and book Monarch Flights, Monarch Holidays and Monarch Hotels. As well as a re-design to bring the website inline with Monarch's latest brand and advertising designs, the site also features a range of developments including a merged booking search...

2009-09-25 13:32:10

Monarch butterflies locate their winter home in Mexico through a key mechanism in their antennae, scientists in Massachusetts said. Scientists have long known that butterfly antennae can detect odors, wind direction and vibration, said Dr. Steven Reppert, chair of neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. But its role in precise orientation over the course of butterfly migration is an intriguing new discovery, one that may spark a new line of investigation into neural...

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2009-09-25 06:25:00

After years of theorizing about how Monarch butterflies find their way to Mexico for the winter, scientists have finally discovered that their antennas help them navigate the journey. Researchers confirmed the finding when they painted their antennas black and observed them losing their way. Butterflies have only the sun in the sky as a point of reference for direction, and since the sun is always moving, they have to constantly adjust in order to stay on the right path throughout the day....

2009-01-08 16:40:00

New tires allow race cars to take tight turns at high speeds. Hind wings give moths and butterflies similar advantages: They are not necessary for basic flight but help these creatures take tight turns to evade predators."To escape a predator, you don't have to be fast, you just have to be more erratic," said Tom Eisner, a world authority on animal behavior, ecology and evolution and the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Chemical Ecology at Cornell. Eisner is co-author of a study on...

2008-09-14 15:00:14

By ANNYSA JOHNSON Wauwatosa -- Barb Agnew remembers standing on this same spot on the Milwaukee County Grounds a few years ago, in the shade of this grand and verdant sycamore tree. She turned to the north, and there she saw them: hundreds of monarch butterflies, in a glorious cloud of orange and black, flitting up over the hill and into astand of trees. Not everyone who visits the Monarch Trail that Agnew has created on this expansive public land is treated to such a spectacular show....

2008-09-07 21:00:11

At the Oceanfront, one set of visitors arrives late in the summer and hangs around long after Labor Day. They'd be the perfect visitors to extend the tourist season, except they are birds. Called sanderlings, these buff and white critters arrive en masse in late August. Many stay all winter because they find our cold weather beaches and Oceanfront dining to their liking. These late summer arrivals that turn more pale and gray as they lose their breeding plumage are so familiar to August...

2008-08-07 18:01:12

By Neil Connor Birmingham International Airport received a major boost yesterday with the news that a major airline will commence services from the hub to Istanbul. The link up with national flag carrier Turkish Airlines will offer Midland travellers the first direct scheduled service to Istanbul from the region. The five weekly flights, which will begin on December 15, will provide onward flight opportunities within Turkey, the Middle East and the Far East, through Turkish Airlines...

2008-07-22 18:00:50

The milkweed adheres to the adage Know your enemy by using fast repair work when its defenses are damaged by hungry caterpillars, U.S. researchers said. Cornell University researchers examined the way milkweed evolved to the monarch butterfly caterpillar's changing attempts to disarm the plant, the Ithaca, N.Y., university said in a news release. They found the plant may be evolving away from its defenses against certain caterpillars toward repairing themselves faster than caterpillars...


Latest Monarch Reference Libraries

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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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2005-07-13 09:20:02

A butterfly is a flying insect of the order Lepidoptera belonging to one of the superfamilies Hesperioidea (the skippers) and Papilionoidea (all other butterflies). Many butterflies have remarkable colors and patterns on their wings. People who study or collect butterflies (or the closely related moths) are called lepidopterists. Butterfly watching is growing in popularity as a hobby. The four stages in the lifecycle of a butterfly Unlike many insects, butterflies do not experience a...

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