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Butterflies and pigs, genetic modification in the news

According to the European Union there is no need to widen buffer zones around genetically modified (GM) crops to protect butterflies. Meanwhile, super-muscly pigs have been created by small genetic tweak.

Cute, colorful jumping spiders can see more colors than humans do

Sometimes surprises come in tiny packages. That's the case with jumping spiders, scientists have found. Scientists know that jumpers have excellent vision. What they didn't know until now is that these little creatures can see more colors than we do.

Good news for British butterflies

Warmer weather in 2014 has led to an increase the numbers of certain butterflies in the U.K. This includes the critically endangered High Brown Fritillary.

Canadians to knit for monarch butterflies Special

The David Suzuki Foundation is asking Canadians to knit during the spring as a way of symbolically welcoming monarch butterflies back to the country after a long, difficult winter in Mexico.

Online petition to save monarch butterfly from GMOs, Monsanto

The Sierra Club has begun an online petition to convince the U.S. government to do more to save the monarch butterfly. Monarch numbers have dwindled dramatically and the club says scientists know the cause to be a product made by the Monsanto company.

Butterfly eye-spots help ward off predators

Biologists have found that patterned coloration on the wings of butterflies (sometimes called "eye-spots") are an effective means of distracting predators from vital body parts.

Butterflies sounding like ants to sneak into nests

Which insects live in ants’ nests? Not only ants is the answer. Other insects take advantage of the nutrient rich hobbles. To get round this, some are adept at imitating ants.

Animals around Fukushima are still suffering

Fukushima - Animals and insects in the vicinity of Fukushima show higher rates of death and disease, according to new research. Scientists attribute these to the consumption of contaminated food.

Rock salt damages butterflies

The use of rock salt during the winter season can damage butterflies and other roadside developing invertebrates. While a moderate rise in sodium can have some seeming benefits.

Op-Ed: Butterfly warriors want city ordinance to restore dignity Special

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.

Revealed — How butterflies stay dry

Why don't butterflies get damp or wet when it rains? The answer is inked to the make-up of the surface of the wings of the butterfly.

Photo Essay: Summer buzz gives way to sticky insects Special

Coram - Fall is knocking on the door in NW Montana and winter will swiftly follow. In the final lazy days of summer, these insects are living out their final hours.

Photo Essay: Bees, butterflies & flying critters at Mount Vernon Special

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.

Studying butterfly wings could create new colors and hues

By studying butterfly wings, scientists think they can create new coatings for manufactured materials that could change color by design or from different angles.

Op-Ed: National Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Pavilion Special

Washington - The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. has a lot to offer. One of its exhibits, the Butterfly Pavilion is one of the amazing exhibits housed inside the museum.

Photo Essay: Birds and Butterflies on Tybee Island Special

Tybee Island - Hundreds of bird and butterfly species can be found on Tybee Island, from sandpipers to seagulls and long-tailed skippers, which adds to the beauty of this coastal paradise.

Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory — An Enchanted Rainforest Special

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.

Fukushima fallout causes mutant butterflies

Scientists say exposure to radioactive material following the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan, has resulted in severe mutations in butterflies and fear it could just be the beginning.

Illustra Media attests to the intelligent design of butterflies Special

Dallas - 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.

Chicago the scene for divas and social butterflies Special

Chicago - 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.

Op-Ed: Bush Brown Butterflies and Courting

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.

European grassland butterfly population declined by 70%

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.

European Butterflies Face Crisis

Climate change will cause Europe to lose much of its biodiversity as projected by a comprehensive study on future butterfly distribution.

Butterflies Endangered

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...

Scientists Flutter Over Amazing Speed of Evolution in Butterflies

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.

Taiwan offers 'freeway' for butterflies

Taiwan will cordon off part of a highway to create a safe passage for a massive seasonal butterfly migration in the coming days, an official said Saturday.
 

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Danaus plexippus Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar. One of six that ate every last leaf off this plant.
Danaus plexippus Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar. One of six that ate every last leaf off this plant.
Linda Tanner
The Zebra Longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia). This is the official butterfly of the state o...
The Zebra Longwing butterfly (Heliconius charithonia). This is the official butterfly of the state of Florida in the United States.
The Red Postman (Heliconius erato)  also known as the Crimson-patched Longwing  is a species fairly ...
The Red Postman (Heliconius erato), also known as the Crimson-patched Longwing, is a species fairly abundant in northern South America.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed ...
The Common Mormon (Papilio polytes) is a common species of swallowtail butterfly widely distributed across Asia. This is the female of the species.
Kids can see close up how butterflies feed at the Smithsonian Butterfly Garden. There is a charge fo...
Kids can see close up how butterflies feed at the Smithsonian Butterfly Garden. There is a charge for this exhibit, but Tuesdays are free! And the museum itself is always free.
Kids are delighted when butterflies land on them.
Kids are delighted when butterflies land on them.
Seen here is one of the butterfly species sighted that day  July 13  2013 on San Bruno Mountain  sou...
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
A butterfly lands upon a plant in the balmy Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural His...
A butterfly lands upon a plant in the balmy Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History
Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly found in Queensland  Australia.
Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly found in Queensland, Australia.
Vicki Nunn
Dragonflies are considered   one of nature s great reproductive success stories   said Corbet  a Bri...
Dragonflies are considered, "one of nature's great reproductive success stories," said Corbet, a British biologist.
Monarch butterflies at the Mexican butterfly santuary  photographed in 2000.
Monarch butterflies at the Mexican butterfly santuary, photographed in 2000.
Samuel
Two Red Postman butterflies (Heliconius erato) and a Banded Orange butterfly (Dryadula phaetusa)  al...
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.
This beautiful malachite butterfly is a denizen of the Costa Rican rain forest  and as such can be s...
This beautiful malachite butterfly is a denizen of the Costa Rican rain forest, and as such can be seriously affected by habitat destruction.
Several beautiful butterflies can be found in the various gardens at Mount Vernon throughout much of...
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.
A butterfly at the Pavilion sets upon flowers
A butterfly at the Pavilion sets upon flowers
Butterflies at a feding station in the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterflies at a feding station in the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
The butterflies in the exhibit flutter about and land in a variety of places. Some were even resting...
The butterflies in the exhibit flutter about and land in a variety of places. Some were even resting on walls and other metal fixtures.