Category Archives: Butterfly Life

Rare Butterfly Sighted in State

Branded Yeoman butterfly, known as Algia fasciata (earlier Paduca fasciata) to the scientists, which is not known to have been found in the North Eastern part of India before, was sighted at Kaliabor in Nagaon district by a Gauhati University … Continue reading

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War-torn Colombian Valley Now Produces Butterflies

A mother-daughter team’s butterfly raising and exporting business provides jobs to disadvantaged women and brings a new spirit to a long-suffering land. Not long ago, Olga Lucia Salazar was breaking chicken necks and plucking feathers under scalding water for a … Continue reading

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Rare Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is Back to Fluttering Back from Vulnerable Species List

A RARE butterfly has nature lovers in a flutter as it makes a comeback after almost disappearing 50 years ago. Once a common sight in Brisbane, the Richmond birdwing butterfly is now on the vulnerable species list through clearing of … Continue reading

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Saving Bogs, Saving Butterflies

The plan by Ministers Phil Hogan and Jimmy Deenihan to protect 130 raised bogs designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) or Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) under the European Union Habitats Directive by staggering the cessation of cutting over the … Continue reading

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Mint’s Version of Canadian Boreal Forest is Unreal

A new TV commercial for a commemorative $2 coin is a case of art meeting science. Unfortunately, science loses. The Royal Canadian Mint is advertising a coin that celebrates the boreal forest, a vast ecosystem in northern Ontario, Quebec, and … Continue reading

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Amazing Monarch Butterflies Survived Early Snowfall

I was surprised to see several monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) fluttering around our “mums” (chrysanthemums) within two days of Jack Frost burying the plants beneath several inches of snow. Living a mere two to eight weeks, monarch butterflies migrate from … Continue reading

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Let Birds and Butterflies Occupy L.A.

The library closest to my house — in a built-out village area — planted a pot outside with several plants. Some of these were narrow-leaved milkweed, host plant for the monarch butterfly. And in fact, on the day I was … Continue reading

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Decision Delayed on Revision of Creek Name

Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday tabled a decision to rename a Rough and Ready creek that one resident said was offensive. Supervisor Hank Weston — whose district includes the creek — had initially wanted to send a letter to U.S. … Continue reading

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Microscopes and Math Reveal a Moth’s True Hue

The brilliant hues of moths and butterflies are not from pigmentation, like the colors of our skin or eyes. Rather, they come from tiny structures in the scales that scatter light to produce colors. Now, researchers have determined the original … Continue reading

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Millions of Butterflies Start Arriving in Mexico

One of nature’s most colorful annual displays has begun in central Mexico. Millions of Monarch butterflies have started arriving at a sanctuary in the Mexican state of Michoacan on their annual migration. After their 2,000-mile journey, the butterflies are crowding … Continue reading

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