San Francisco -
The effect of the flutter of a butterfly's wings is certainly stirring up various officials and activists at San Francisco City Hall as efforts are being made at setting a ban on the release of the winged-insects into the air.
Mount Vernon -
Mount Vernon is a popular destination in Northern Virginia. In addition to touring the mansion itself, the property is interesting to explore and photograph. Not only are the views overlooking the Potomac River stunning, but there is much wildlife to see.
Niagara Falls -
A trip to the magnificent Horseshoe Falls of the Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, can be greatly enhanced by including a visit to the wonderful Butterfly Conservatory, located just ten minutes down the road on the Niagara Parkway.
A new science documentary produced by Illustra Media, the film, "Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies," beautifully validates how butterflies are the products of intelligent design.
The Windy City was aflutter when Maven presented the “Social Butterflies” as part of its Diva Series. The night included Maven founder Sarah Vargo and a Social Butterfly who talk about the event designed to celebrate successful female entrepreneurs.
I happened upon this curious study regarding courting patterns of the bush brown butterfly and found it amusing that when it comes to courting, the males and females do take their turns. Nice to know there’s equality amongst the sexes.
Butterfly Conservation Europe recently concluded the analysis of data from 15 countries, covering 3,000 different sites, and have learned that 17 butterfly species have suffered a 70% loss in population.
The delicate winged beauties are growing lesser in number at an alarming rate, loss of these unassuming creatures would be lethal to the food chain if not heartbreaking to lose the sheer pleasure of watching them hover over blossoms...
Natural selection takes hundreds or thousands of years, so when scientists found a South Pacific island butterfly that evolved in only 10 generations, they were amazed. Scientists say it is the fastest example of natural selection ever observed.
The state butterfly of South Carolina, this Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus, earns it name from the stripes it bears resembling a tiger and the lower edge of the hind wing resembling a swallow's wings.
Several beautiful butterflies can be found in the various gardens at Mount Vernon throughout much of the year. While exploring the large garden near the mansion, I spotted several (what I believe to be) Swallowtail butterflies during this summer visit.
Seen here is one of the butterfly species sighted that day, July 13, 2013 on San Bruno Mountain, south of San Francisco. Coordinator Patrick Kobernus noted that the group tallied more than 200 butterflies and over 22 different species that flutter around the San Bruno Mountain State Park.
Courtesy of Patrick Kobernus and Coast Ridge Ecology consultants
This beautiful malachite butterfly is a denizen of the Costa Rican rain forest, and as such can be seriously affected by habitat destruction.
Two Red Postman butterflies (Heliconius erato) and a Banded Orange butterfly (Dryadula phaetusa), also known as the Orange Tiger. Both species range from Northern Brazil through Central America and Mexico.
Naturalist Amber Hasselbring and citizen scientist and professional researcher, Liam O'Brien see themselves as butterfly warriors. The Western Tiger-Swallowtail Butterfly seen here is one of the species common to the Market Street area of San Francisco. According to O'Brien, Hasselbring and others like naturalist John Muir Laws, "Butterflies see city streets as 'canyons' where they can rest (on trees) and feed."