Category Archives: conservation

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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Cercyonis pegala agawamensis: Salt Marsh Wood Nymph

In 2014, Matthew Arey and Alex Grkovich described a new subspecies of Wood Nymph that occurs in the salt marshes in New England (type locality in Essex Co., MA).  The rest of the eastern coastline hasn’t been surveyed for this … Continue reading

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Effects of extreme weather events on butterfly populations

Increasingly frequent extreme weather events could threaten butterfly populations in the UK and could be the cause of recently reported butterfly population crashes, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). Researchers investigated the impact of Extreme Climatic … Continue reading

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The Decline of the National Arboretum

In a post that many local lepsters will have seen, colleague and DC count organizer Tom Stock observed after the count on the 16th: >>It was no surprise to me that this year’s DC NABA Annual Butterfly Count last Saturday … Continue reading

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Don’t Save the Monarchs — Please!

While I did not pick the headline, and certainly don’t advocate that Monarch butterflies be ignored (any more than any other butterfly species), this op-ed in Sunday’s Baltimore Sun really does reflect how I think our rhetoric about the imminent … Continue reading

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2016 Dates Set for Ft Indiantown Gap Regal Frit Tours

As announced by the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: >>You have probably heard of our famous “butterfly”…now is your chance to see it up close and personal.  The public is invited to tour Regal Fritillary habitat in an … Continue reading

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