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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

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:54:40 +0000

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

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 02:19:15 +0000

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

Sun, 17 Mar 2019 01:34:37 +0000

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

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 15:41:17 +0000

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

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 15:14:51 +0000

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

Sun, 24 Feb 2019 00:56:13 +0000

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

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:46:29 +0000

Monarch Declines NOT Connected to Herbicides/GMOs

The standard orthodoxy for declines in Monarch butterfly populations is that the rise of GMO crops (especially soybeans) bred for resistance to herbicides allowed for saturation spraying of herbicides (especially Roundup) in the upper Midwest that knocked back milkweed abundance … Continue reading

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:18:57 +0000

First Regional Butterfly Report(s!) for 2019!

Huzzah!  Congratulations to Jennifer Selfridge of MD DNR, who while working in the Foster Tract in Worcester Co. today spotted our first reported butterfly in the region — a Red Admiral. The warm days predicted in the first half of … Continue reading

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:04:34 +0000

New Year, New Checklist

UPDATE:  The Word version wasn’t working well for a lot of you, so I’ve uploaded it as a new PDF document.  Enjoy! I took advantage of a slow period this week to update the Maryland Butterfly Field Checklist to note … Continue reading

Sat, 02 Feb 2019 22:04:49 +0000

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