Articles Tagged with butterflies

Why Are Monarch Butterflies Dying In Record Numbers?


Monarch butterflies may be placed on the endangered species list in order to protect the dwindling numbers of the butterfly population. The butterflies need federal protection because the Monarchs have experienced a 90 percent population decline since the 1990s, according to the Center for Food Safety. “That would be like losing every person in living… Read more »

UK Butterfly Extinction Feared

UK butterfly mass extinction feared in wake of new census

Britain’s butterfly extinction fears have grown in the wake of 2012’s unusually wet weather which resulted in widespread flooding in the United Kingdom. That’s the new 2012 report from the UK’s Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (BMS), which noted that the volunteer effort had collected more data than in any previous year — despite having to cope… Read more »

Southwest Airlines Flies Late Blooming Monarch Butterfly To Texas

Airline Gives Butterfly A Lift To San Antonio

A late-blooming Monarch Butterfly is getting the royal treatment from Southwest Airlines. The stranded butterfly emerged from her cocoon too late to join the swarm for the fall migration to Mexico. In order help her complete the journey, the airline will be flying the Monarch from Albany, New York To San Antonio, Texas. It is… Read more »

Nuclear Butterflies Spotted In Japan After Fukushima Fallout


Over the last year, scientists in Japan have spotted several butterflies sporting “abnormalities.” These nuclear butterflies are believed to be a result of the radioactive fallout that occurred at the Fukushima nuclear plant last year. The study, published in Scientific Reports, reads: “We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima (No. 1) nuclear power plant… Read more »