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Don't Save the Monarchs -- Please!

While I did not pick the headline, and certainly don’t advocate that Monarch butterflies be ignored (any more than any other butterfly species), this op-ed in Sunday’s Baltimore Sun really does reflect how I think our rhetoric about the imminent peril of Monarchs simply can’t be justified by a short and very mixed history of studying Monarch population trends at the macro level. 755 more words

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Appalachian vs Summer Azure Caterpillars on Black Cohosh

From David Wright via the PALepsOdes listserv comes this timely and interesting tip on how to distinguish the caterpillars of Appalachian Azure (which uses Black Cohosh exclusively as a food plant) and Summer Azure (which also uses Black Cohosh in addition to practically anything else in bloom).  83 more words

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A Week in the Everglades

The week of Memorial Day I took advantage of low shoulder season pricing for airfares and hotels to visit in and around South Florida, mostly birding but also keeping an eye out for interesting butterflies.  1,079 more words

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2016 Dates Set for Ft Indiantown Gap Regal Frit Tours

As announced by the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs:

>>You have probably heard of our famous “butterfly”…now is your chance to see it up close and personal.  230 more words

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Fall Nectar Sources Planting

As noted in a recent post here and widely discussed on various butterfly listservs, the emerging scientific consensus (especially here in the East) is that milkweed is not and really never has been a limiting factor for Monarch populations, and while it’s never a bad idea to plant milkweed for other pollinators, all the Monarch Waystations in the world are unlikely to improve populations of this iconic species. 494 more words

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Weekend Lep Field Forecast for 2016 May 14-15

I hope some of you got out into the field today, Friday, the first really good warm sun we’ve had in the mid-Atlantic for weeks. The weekend coming up is so-so; more rain tomorrow in the forecast and a sunny – but very cool – Sunday. 372 more words

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Weekend Lep Field Forecast for 2016 May 7-8

This is becoming a rather monotonous refrain, but it looks like another week of rain and clouds have put a serious damper (pun intended) on butterfly sightings. 795 more words

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