Author Archives: Rick

New Home(s) for Back Issues of TTR

Editor Harry Pavulaan announced this week that back issues for one of the standard taxonomic references for butterflies, The Taxonomic Report (TTR), are now available online at several locations. As Harry notes in a recent listserv posting: >>TILS was reincorporated … Continue reading

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Butterflies and the Superbloom

Seems like butterflies are everywhere in the news these past few weeks, driven in large part by the stunningly massive migration of Painted Ladies (and a few other vanessids) in southern California.  By sheer luck I had planned to be … Continue reading

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Summer Travel Planning

It’s that time of year when I’m getting antsy to get out in the field to see new places and new butterflies.  I just returned from the southern California desert and the incredible spectacle of millions of Painted Ladies on … Continue reading

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Native Plants as Caterpillar Hosts

Our friends at the South Jersey Butterfly B/Log have posted a handy reference to native plants and the caterpillars that depend on them: >>Jesse Connor put together the list at the link below for the Southeast Chapter of the Native … Continue reading

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2019 Pennsylvania Butterfly Atlas Available

Clearly it’s butterfly atlas time, and David Wright has just updated and released the PA Butterfly Atlas for 2019 (the 18th edition of this important compilation).  As David says in a post to the Facebook page Butterflies and Moths of … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale About Insect Apocalypse

It’s all the media rage just now, a rather modest metadata study that warns rather immodestly of an impending collapse of all insect populations within the next (human) generation.  Stories about Armageddons are hard for reporters to resist, even good … Continue reading

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New Annual Leps and Odes Approximations for North Carolina

Well ahead of their usual schedules, Harry LeGrand and Tom Howard have completed and posted their annual updates, or “Approximations,” for butterflies and odonates in NC.  PDF versions have been placed in the LepLog Library for your ease of access: … Continue reading

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