Category Archives: Butterfly Life

New Butterfly Species Identified in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

The Nature is a treasure house of wonders. As we go on unlocking its secrets, more remains to be discovered. So is the hunt for finding new butterfly species. Mexican Scientists, led by Carmen Pozo of El Colegio de la … Continue reading

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Quack Medicines, Insect Immigrants, and What Eats What Among Secrets Revealed by DNA Barcodes

Completing regional inventories. For most applications, a regional barcode library answers the question “what organism is this?” Researchers recently completed a library that characterizes 1,264 of the 1,338 species (94 percent) of butterflies and large moths of Germany. Local agricultural … Continue reading

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Butterfly Honour Flutters in from Japan

A LEADING Top End butterfly expert will be presented with a prestigious international award at a function in Japan. Dr Michael Braby, an entomologist and invertebrate conservation biologist with NRETAS, will be presented The Hayashi Award from The Butterfly Society … Continue reading

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Better Electronics with Butterfly Technology

Butterfly wings have already inspired engineers looking for advances in optical surfaces that can reflect brilliant colors (see here). Now they are inspiring materials scientists wanting to create better waterproof surfaces for electronics. An article on Science Daily, “Butterfly Wings … Continue reading

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Spring in November! Butterflies on the Wing, Apple Trees in Blossom – Has Nature Ever Been this Topsy-Turvy?

Christmas seems to come earlier and earlier every year. But rarely have the tinsel, baubles and lights springing up in the high streets seemed quite so incongruous. For while we may be two weeks into winter, Britain’s gardens, parks and … Continue reading

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Tree Felling Threatens Habitat

Howard Frost is concerned at the loss of a Yorkshire stronghold for a very elusive butterfly An email drew my attention to this lonely bench. It sums up a sad story. A few days ago a mixture of wych elms, … Continue reading

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New Butterfly Species are Identified through DNA

New research into the particulars of butterfly DNA has unmasked as many as nine new butterfly species previously lumped together with known butterfly species. The interloping butterflies, all found in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, have long remained incognito in the collection … Continue reading

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Lounge Loves | Breakfast with Butterflies

Did you know that not all butterflies spend most of their day flitting from flower to flower? Some are likely to make pit stops on decaying fruit, animal poop—even on your sweat-soaked shoes. Most are active only when the sun … Continue reading

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Unknown Environmental Effects Revealed through Butterflies

Studying the dispersal patterns of butterflies has led to ground-breaking research in understanding the biological harm done by climate change, said biology graduate student Nikhil Advani. With his research on the effects of global warming, Advani said he wanted to … Continue reading

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Conservation Groups Forge Strategy for Protecting Bees, Butterflies

Conservationists will begin forging a regional strategy to improve protections for bees and other species vital to plant pollination, starting with a gathering of regulators, land managers and advocacy groups in Portland on Thursday, Nov. 10. Though pollinators are vital … Continue reading

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