Latest Butterflies News

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Aug. 03, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

Chicago Tribune. July 25, 2022. Editorial: Gov. Pritzker, no more meddling for expedient purposes Having a billionaire governor has, on balance, been good for Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been willing and able to use his personal resources to...

Monarch butterflies are in trouble; Here’s how you can help

Jul. 28, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a butterfly. My money says the fluttering insect you’re envisioning has black-veined, reddish-orange wings outlined with white specks — the iconic attributes of our beloved American monarch butterfly. Unfortunately, the species, which...

Beloved monarch butterflies now listed as endangered

Jul. 21, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers. “It’s just a devastating decline,” said Stuart Pimm, an ecologist at Duke...

Volunteers studying pollinator plants at Virginia landfill

Jul. 17, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

EDINBURG, Va. (AP) — At the Shenandoah County Landfill recently, local educator Hannah Bement was overjoyed to see a monarch butterfly. “It gives me chills,” she said, watching as the orange-and-black insect fluttered over the plot of native wildflowers to land on a milkweed...

Volunteers help keep Greenwood as a Bee City USA partner

Jul. 04, 2022 01:02 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Rusty Wilson was lying down in the garden, peering up at the undersides of Milkweed leaves. Wilson, a master gardener and horticulturist, retired as the state’s director of pesticide regulation from Clemson University. Now, he’s one of the volunteers who...

Embracing native plants doesn't have to be all or nothing

Jun. 21, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

As home gardeners become more educated about the role native plants play in the ecosystem — and their importance to pollinators, wildlife and humans — many are turning to “rewilding.” The term refers to a landscaping approach that depends on the use of native plants to sustain insects,...

How gardeners can control pests and also protect pollinators

Jun. 14, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

Picture this: You’ve planted some milkweed, bee balm or California lilac, and you’re delighted to see bees and butterflies fluttering about your garden. You feel good about nourishing pollinators and love the life those plants attract to your yard. As you stroll past your beds...

New butterfly house debuts at Greensboro Science Center

Jun. 04, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — People can get up close and personal with butterflies with the latest addition to the Greensboro Science Center. Along with the new Cole Family Monarch Conservation Center and Butterfly House, visitors can also experience the butterfly’s life cycle as part...

Monarch butterfly numbers in Mexico rise by 35%

May. 24, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican experts said Monday that 35% more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared to the previous season. Experts say the rise may reflect the butterflies’ ability to adapt to more extreme bouts of heat or...