Before I became a science writer, I was well onto the career path of being an entomologist, and my biggest interest was butterflies. I’d been a butterfly collector as a kid in southeast Missouri and the Ozarks, and even spent a summer in graduate school as a curatorial assistant at the Smithsonian, relaxing and spreading a unique collection of South African moths and butterflies collected in the early 1960′s. But it was always the living butterflies that interested me most, and the way the exotic-sounding names — mourning cloak, great spangled fritillary, hoary edged skipper, falcate orangetip, tawny emperor — tripped off my eight-year-old tongue. I’ve had a chance the last couple of years to pick up my old avocation again, and look forward to spending more time in the field with the three B’s: birding, butterflying, and botanizing. This blog is about those adventures in the field, and the interesting snippets of butterfly and ecological research I come across in my reading.
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- UK Butterfly numbers are on the up (From Oxford Mail) oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11025930.… 2 weeks ago
- Photos: Schenectady's miSci hosts butterflies - Times Union timesunion.com/local/article/… via @TimesUnion 2 weeks ago
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