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Milkweed not the solution for Monarch declines

I’ve talked with a number of you about this recent research from Cornell; I wanted to make you all aware of this paper (that I’ve been aware of for about a year as it worked its way through the peer review process).  947 more words

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Butterfly Conservation Europe Activity Report 2015

The Brits and Europeans are yards (pun intended) ahead of us Yanks on undertaking butterfly conservation projects.  Practically every British county (equivalent to our States) has its own butterfly monitoring scheme, field activities, and conservation programs in place, and much of Europe does as well. 39 more words

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Weekend Lep Field Forecast for 2016 April 30-May 1

Wet. And cold. And dismal.

That about sums it up for the weather this weekend, and it’s unlikely anyone locally will be seeing much in the way of butterflies this Mayday. 628 more words

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Gray(ish) and White in Garrett County

Saturday did not dawn very auspiciously, but I had already planned to visit Frostburg for a literature reading in the morning and decided to spend the rest of the day exploring areas of Garrett Co. 1,355 more words

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Weekend Lep Field Forecast for 2016 April 23-24

Last weekend was spectacular, and as expected quite a number of sightings came in over the past few days from weekend observers. It’s been very dry, and especially in barrens and on dry hillsides many early blooms are browning out prematurely, so nectar abundance was an issue at many localities. 742 more words

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Green Ridge LepTrek -- Marble, Silver, and Cobwebs

The Maryland Leps/Odes Group (MD/LOG) hosted its inaugural field trip Sunday on a foray to Green Ridge for the shale barren specialties for which this area is justly famous.  955 more words

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Henry's Elfins in a New Spring Green

Since until the weather warms up a little bit we’re going to be studying elfins more than looking for newly emerging summer butterflies, I thought I’d devote a little space to a seldom noticed (at least by me!) green color variant of Henry’s Elfin that Harry Pavulaan  359 more words

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