Latest Butterflies News

Muncie nursery rebuilds milkweed gin to help butterflies

May. 3, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day recently, Doug Spence produced 500 packets of wildflower seeds, including milkweed, to be handed out at a festival at White River State Park in Indianapolis. Like everything else during the coronavirus outbreak, however, the event was canceled. But...

Butterfly proposed to fight invasive tree species in Hawaii

May. 1, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A butterfly normally found in Central America could be used to fight an invasive tree species taking over large areas of Hawaii forest, officials said. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture and Department of Land and Natural Resources have proposed releasing the Golden Sombermark...

This undated photo provided by Michael Thomas in April 2020 shows a clouded sulphur butterfly in Cromwell, Conn. In an April 2020 interview, Ann Swengel, a citizen scientist tracking butterflies for more than 30 years, recalled that a few decades ago she would drive around Wisconsin “look out in a field and you’d see all these Sulphur butterflies around. I can’t think of the last time that I’ve seen that.” (Mike Thomas via AP)

Bugged: Earth's insect population shrinks 27% in 30 years

Apr. 23, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — The world has lost more than one quarter of its land-dwelling insects in the past 30 years, according to researchers whose big picture study of global bug decline paints a disturbing but more nuanced problem than earlier research. From bees and other pollinators crucial to the...

UIC plays key role in monarch butterfly conservation efforts

Apr. 12, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago is taking a lead role in a nationwide effort to conserve monarch butterflies. The number of the the orange-and-black insects has declined by 80% in the last two decades with a loss of habitats with native plants as a leading cause, according to federal...