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Evolutionary Novelty in a Butterfly Wing Pattern through Enhancer Shuffling

An interesting new paper from PLOS-Biology on evolution of wing patterns.

    Evolutionary Novelty in a Butterfly Wing Pattern through Enhancer Shuffling, Richard Wallbank et al.  Published: January 15, 2016. 259 more words

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    Only in Britain ....

    Exclusive from Selfridges, apparently (and only 1 in stock!):  “For those who need something a little different on their wrist, the Lepidoptera watch  is the perfect accessory. 30 more words

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    2016 Update of PA Butterfly Atlas

    Once again David Wright has updated his fine Atlas of Pennsylvania Butterflies, the 15th such edition since the project begain in 1995.  Drawing a host of sources — historical and contemporary, listed at the back of the report, and updated from 2015 sightings — the distribution maps for each species in the PA butterfly fauna offer readers a very compact and approachable way to easily see where a given butterfly occurs (or has occurred) in PA.  234 more words

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    Pining for Butterflies

    Q:  Who is the author of this quote?

    “I love butterflies. I have some on display at my house. I sound like such a lame ass, but I think they’re one of the most beautiful things on the planet.” 87 more words

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    Kjell Sandved dies at 93

    From today’s Washington Post.  Who can forget Kjell’s butterfly alphabets?

    Sunday January 17, 2016 12:01 AM

    The Associated Press

    (c) 2016, The Washington Post.

    Kjell Sandved, a Norwegian publisher who found a second career as a nature photographer for the Smithsonian Institution, capturing closely observed images of butterflies, plants and other forms of life, which he published in a series of books, died Dec. 901 more words

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    2015: The Butterfly Year in Review

    The flight season for 2015 will likely go down in lep history for the mid-Atlantic as a middling year, known best for its huge hole in the middle of summer, when a lot of expected species just never showed up in any quantity (or at all) and the grand finale of being overrun by Ocola Skippers at the tail end of the season.  2,073 more words

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    The Perfect Spread

    Matt Arey is well known among northeastern lepidopterists for his incredibly well mounted pinned specimens.  He was asked on one of the listservs about his spreading techniques, and here’s his response (with the photos added from the listserv website, so I may get some of them mixed up!) 387 more words

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