Journal archives for August 2019

August 01, 2019

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Says Help Conserve Monarch Butterflies by Being Part of a Volunteer Monitoring Network Across North America.

We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are joining hundreds of volunteers this week in the United States, Canada and Mexico, until August 4, for the 2019 International Monarch Monitoring Blitz. Be part of this regional initiative to help conserve the monarch butterfly. By volunteering, you can help monarch experts gain more information to understand the distribution of the migratory monarch butterfly in North America.

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August 02, 2019

Millions of butterflies in Lake Tahoe: "Phenomenal Eruption".

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - If you thought you were seeing many more butterflies around Lake Tahoe than normal, you would be correct. The entire Lake Tahoe Basin is in the midst of a massive outbreak of the winged beauties, especially in the Angora Fire burn area and along the east shore.

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August 07, 2019

Dana Point community creates Monarch Waystation to save the nearly extinct butterflies.

Each fall, the Western monarch butterflies migrate from Southern California to Central California where they stay huddled by the thousands — with their wings closed — until February, when they mate and begin their migration back south.

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August 14, 2019

Monarch Butterflies Unexpectedly Spotted In Yosemite National Park.

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An abundance of butterflies this summer in the Sierra.

We don't know why this year's numbers may have surpasses last year's.

But what we do know, they will head to the foothills by September where they will hibernate, and head back to the Sierra next spring.

The California Tortoise Shell can live up to 10 months as adults.

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August 16, 2019

A Look at the Science of Insect Conservation.

Western monarchs migrate to California annually to overwinter in coastal groves. In her study, Schultz analyzed data reported by the Xerces Society, collected from 1997 to 2016, about monarch populations in the coastal groves, as well as some older data. Schultz found that the average abundance of the western monarch in 2016 was less than 5 percent of the abundance in the 1980s. “What we think we’re seeing is a long-term decline related to threats of habitat loss and pesticides,” she says.

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August 18, 2019

Monique Keiran: For butterflies, mythology lives on in descriptive names.

We can thank a 312-year-old Swede for making a harmless bug-hunting hobby seem like tempting fate with capricious Greek gods. In the mid-1700s, Carl Linnaeus revamped the way we classify, categorize and name living things in related groups. He leaned heavily on the Greek and Roman classics when he named the butterfly groups.

And so we have the Parnassian butterflies — found in mountain meadows — and the Satyrids, Nymphalids and Danaianids, as well as species such as Danaus plexippus, Polygonia faunus, Parnassium phoebus and Phoebis sennae. These are scientific names, based on the two-named system to distinguish genus-plus-species that Linnaeus put in place and is still used in biology today.

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August 28, 2019

Houston . . . No, Sacramento: We Have a Problem.

If you haven't seen any monarch butterflies this season, here's why.

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