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British butterflies show decline due to climate change

London - A fall in the number and species richness of butterflies in Britain has been occurring during the past few decades. The reason, a group of biologists argue, is climate change, with warming temperatures especially significant.

Severe droughts could lead to loss of butterflies in parts of UK

Changes in the environment, as well as habitat loss are affecting butterflies in Southern Britain to the extent that they could disappear within the next 35 years, according to new research.

Butterflies inspire new types of solar power

Researchers are looking into new ways to generate efficient photovoltaic energy and for this they have been inspired by the v-shaped posture of the humble Cabbage White butterfly.

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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Underside of the Mosaic butterfly (a.k.a. the Zebra Mosaic)  (Colobura dirce). This butterfly is fou...
Underside of the Mosaic butterfly (a.k.a. the Zebra Mosaic), (Colobura dirce). This butterfly is found in Central America and northern South America.
This bright yellow butterfly caught my eye
This bright yellow butterfly caught my eye
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.
Several butterflies land together in this cluster of flowered plants.
Several butterflies land together in this cluster of flowered plants.
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.
Coordinator Patrick Kobernus who volunteers his time to help conduct the annual butterfly tally on S...
Coordinator Patrick Kobernus who volunteers his time to help conduct the annual butterfly tally on San Bruno Mountain, works for the Coast Ridge Ecology consultant group. This year on July 13 there were 12 people who volunteered their time with Kobernus to conduct the data collecting for the North American Butterfly Association
Courtesy of Patrick Kobernus and Coast Ridge Ecology Consultants
A butterfly stops long enough for me to snap an image
A butterfly stops long enough for me to snap an image
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
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.
Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly found in Queensland  Australia.
Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly found in Queensland, Australia.
Vicki Nunn
Butterflies at a feding station in the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterflies at a feding station in the Niagara Falls 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.
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
 The Anise Swallowtail  is a common butterfly in the San Francisco area   noted  Jeffrey Glassberg  ...
"The Anise Swallowtail, is a common butterfly in the San Francisco area," noted Jeffrey Glassberg, PhD. He is president of the North American Butterfly Association. Photo is from the NABA web site.
Courtesy of North American Butterfly Association
Monarch butterflies at the Mexican butterfly santuary  photographed in 2000.
Monarch butterflies at the Mexican butterfly santuary, photographed in 2000.
Samuel
A butterfly at the Pavilion sets upon flowers
A butterfly at the Pavilion sets upon flowers
This garden or orb-weaving spider (Aranaeus diadematus) has lived on the front porch all summer. She...
This garden or orb-weaving spider (Aranaeus diadematus) has lived on the front porch all summer. She will lay her eggs and die in the fall. Her eggs will hatch in early summer next year.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
Butterfly at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
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