Author Archives: Rick

New County Records for MD

Thanks to those of you who sent potential new county records for DC, MD, and VA to update the late Dick Smith’s Butterflies of Unknown Status project.  There were few responses to this call, so few updates. Because I don’t … Continue reading

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Quino Checkerspot Recovery at San Diego NWF

In the video below, biologist John Martin surveys a plateau on a mountainside at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge on a recent spring morning. The landscape is covered with coastal sage scrub, once the dominant habitat in the Southern … Continue reading

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Temp Employment Opportunity WV

The Whitehall, WV office of the National Resource Conservation Service and the WV Division of Natural Resources are seeking a Partner Biologist to work on pollinators/lepidoptera to conduct professional-level work related to Farm Bill implementation and outreach, management, research and … Continue reading

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Early Butterflies at National Arbo

I had a chance to stop by the National Arbo in DC after a dental appt this morning; a good selection of early butterflies on the wing: 1 WHITE-M HAIRSTREAK (pristine, knock-out Morpho blue; personal early record for me.  Fern … Continue reading

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Common Wisdom About Monarch Genetics Likely Wrong

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Concern Emerges Over Impact of GM Crops on Non-target Insect Predators

Concerns about the effect of certain genetically modified (GM) crops have been discussed widely in the butterfly and moth research community, especially the impact of Bt-enhanced crop strains that kill plant herbivores.  A recent paper from Chinese researchers writing in … Continue reading

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Job Opportunity: Grassland Butterfly Research Technician (North Dakota)

Field technician to assist in data collection on a grassland butterfly research project (40hrs/week). The study objectives include developing abundance and occupancy estimates for grassland dependent butterflies in the Northern Great Plains. Data collection will include butterfly surveying and identification, … Continue reading

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