Category Archives: conservation

Memorial Day in Green Ridge State Forest

When I got up on Memorial Day with a Green Ridge State Forest field trip in mind, I had dueling weather forecasts to contend with. Weather Underground said go back to bed; everything west of Frederick would be socked in … Continue reading

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Northern Metalmark Data for MD Needed

  Jen Selfridge of the Maryland DNR has the following request for information on recent distribution records in MD for Northern Metalmark, Calephelis borealis.  We know this species primarily (if not entirely in recent years) from shale outcrops in the … Continue reading

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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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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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