Category Archives: European butterflies

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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Butterfly Conservation Europe Activity Report 2015

The Brits and Europeans are yards (pun intended) ahead of us Yanks on undertaking butterfly conservation projects.  Practically every British county (equivalent to our States) has its own butterfly monitoring scheme, field activities, and conservation programs in place, and much … Continue reading

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Multiple Mourning Cloaks

Usually in the spring I note something about Mourning Cloaks — most recently, the differences between two principal forms we see in North America, hyperborea (a tawny red color) vs the darker lintnerii.  Today Norbert shared with us two new … Continue reading

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Cigarettes and alcohol …. and moths

The British moth world is aflutter with expectations of a strong migrant push for one of its star sphinx moths, the Convolvulus Hawk-moth.  The notes below are from press materials prepared by Butterfly Conservation in the UK — and the … Continue reading

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Major Painted Lady Migration in the UK

Britain is currently experiencing a once-in-a-decade Painted Lady irruption, as detailed in the news story below from Butterfly Conservation UK: >>The UK is braced for a once in a decade influx of Painted Ladies with the potential for millions of … Continue reading

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Jones’ Icones Now Online

William Jones (1745-1818) was a premier English naturalist and entomologist known today mostly for his collection of some 1,500 watercolors of butterflies and moths. The 6-volume collection, Jones Icones, in the hands of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, … Continue reading

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Mourning Cloak Variation

Ross Layberry, writing in Ontario Lepidoptera in 2009, raises the prospect of full subspecies status for what has typically been considered a single species, Mourning Cloak, with no subspecies.  As many of you know, Mourning Cloak has a very wide … Continue reading

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