Monthly Archives: February 2013

Greeting the Day

Monarch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis during a short time window starting just before dawn and with a peak emergence shortly after daylight. Long before noon, each day’s cohort of adults will have emerged. The next monarchs will not emerge … Continue reading

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Living With Butterfly Pollinators

The mutual benefits of insect pollinators to flowering plants has led to a wide diversity of insect pollinators and flowering plants for over 100 million years. Flowers are rewarded with more efficient use of their pollen, an expensive material to … Continue reading

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Butterfly Wing Colors

In a previous post I discussed color patterns in butterfly wings. Each scale is a single color. In some butterflies, colors are produced by pigments. The Tiger Swallowtail below has yellow, black and blue scales on its wing. In these … Continue reading

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Living With Spiders

In case you haven’t seen it, check out this amazing spider video from Brazil which has gone viral on the web. These spiders are social, and together create a large interwoven web. In this case, the entire web became unmoored, … Continue reading

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Butterfly Wing Patterns

One of the joys of summer is watching butterflies with their beautiful and intricate wing patterns fluttering through the air. Butterflies are noted for their constancy of color pattern within a species, although males and females are sometimes dimorphic (have … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras Mosquito

Mardi Gras is in full swing in New Orleans this weekend with parades, floats, revelry and dancing in the streets. The 2103 “Rex” parade theme is “All Creatures Great and Small”. One of the small creatures is an insect, the … Continue reading

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Friday Cat-erpillar Blogging: More Jokes

By Popular Demand Q. Why was the clothes moth caterpillar unpopular? A. It picked holes in everything. Q. What’s green and dangerous? A. A Caterpillar with a bad temper. Q. Why was the caterpillar crying? A. It wanted its Moth-er. … Continue reading

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