Latest Butterflies News

Decades after a US butterfly species vanished, a close relative is released to fill gap

Apr. 15, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 80 years ago, a beautiful butterfly called Xerces Blue that once fluttered among San Francisco's coastal dunes went extinct as stately homes, museums and parks ate up its habitat, marking the first butterfly species in the United States to disappear due to human...

Students lobby to dethrone Connecticut's state insect, the voraciously predatory praying mantis

Mar. 08, 2024 17:10 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When it comes to state insects, most states honor beloved and benign bugs, like butterflies, honey bees and ladybugs. Connecticut has designated a voracious predator as its bug-to-be-most-proud-of for decades, but its reign could soon come to an end. The...

A New York collector pleads guilty to smuggling rare birdwing butterflies

Feb. 28, 2024 10:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island man has pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking birdwing butterflies and other rare insects, according to a plea deal filed in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday. Charles Limmer, 75, of Commack, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to smuggle wildlife...