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Forum: Lounge 2022-11-03, 01:39
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Posted By Dr Sardonicus
That would be the Western migratory population. ...

That would be the Western migratory population. A year or two ago things looked really bleak for them. It's good to see some signs of improvement.

I live in the Eastern migratory population...
Forum: Lounge 2022-10-30, 20:25
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
On October 29, 2022, as I was doing some fall...

On October 29, 2022, as I was doing some fall cleanup of my dead and dying plant stalks, I saw two Cloudless Sulphur butterflies (Phoebis sennae) feeding ("nectaring") on my petunias. They stayed...
Forum: Lounge 2022-07-22, 02:32
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
The International Union for Conservation of...

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has put the migratory Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) populations in North America on its "Red List" of threatened species, meaning these...
Forum: Lounge 2021-10-08, 15:22
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I did not know that! Lucky for me, I'm not too...

I did not know that! Lucky for me, I'm not too old to learn.

Botanists use the term "rays" for what the rest of us call "petals" on composite flowers like daisies. The actual flowers are in the...
Forum: Lounge 2021-10-08, 11:57
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
More about bee eyes at many web sites, e.g. Why...

More about bee eyes at many web sites, e.g. Why Do Bees Have 5 Eyes? (https://www.buzzaboutbees.net/why-do-bees-have-5-eyes.html)

The simple eyes ("ocelli," "little eyes") help bees navigate WRT...
Forum: Lounge 2021-09-26, 15:12
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
It's been a sparse year for butterflies where I...

It's been a sparse year for butterflies where I live. On the bright side, there have been plenty of Monarch butterflies, perhaps in part due to my plantings of the caterpillar host plants Common...
Forum: Lounge 2021-09-16, 11:44
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Thanks! Wow, I really outdid myself - I have...

Thanks!

Wow, I really outdid myself - I have no idea how I managed to insert an extra / into the link! Must have been after the copy-paste. The degree of my Black Belt in making typos just went...
Forum: Lounge 2021-09-16, 01:46
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Invasive insect spotted in 4-H entry at Kansas...

Invasive insect spotted in 4-H entry at Kansas State Fair (https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-science-animals-kansas-state-fairs-b7fdc664e02ff06308134527f79b16f3)Yes, especially since the furthest...
Forum: Lounge 2021-07-11, 12:56
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
It seems that folks are actually rethinking...

It seems that folks are actually rethinking "officially" using places of origin in common names for invasive or pestiferous organisms. I don't have any problem with such usage (assuming it is...
Forum: Lounge 2021-07-10, 15:30
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Never mind "experts." I'm sure there are...

Never mind "experts." I'm sure there are descriptive common names for Lymantria dispar where it's native. Maybe "fuzzy tree-defoliator" or something like that (in English translation). Such a...
Forum: Lounge 2021-07-10, 13:21
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Bug experts seeking new name for destructive...

Bug experts seeking new name for destructive gypsy moths (https://apnews.com/article/science-race-and-ethnicity-racial-injustice-18e74693eccc7d4a2d0a4ffeaf3691aa)
Forum: Lounge 2021-06-24, 11:44
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Western drought brings another woe: voracious...

Western drought brings another woe: voracious grasshoppers (https://apnews.com/article/droughts-science-government-and-politics-business-environment-and-nature-8c5863077b1e8f3876dd7d0b4426d27c)
Forum: Lounge 2021-05-07, 01:40
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
You might want to look at The 2021 Periodical...

You might want to look at The 2021 Periodical Cicada Emergence (Brood X) (https://cicadas.uconn.edu/) (which also has links to "stragglers"). The striking thing about periodical cicadas is the...
Forum: Lounge 2021-05-05, 16:21
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Here's a "topper." Some periodical cicadas spend...

Here's a "topper." Some periodical cicadas spend 13 years underground. And 13 is another prime number! Thus,the periods are relatively prime, so a given pair of broods of 17-year and 13-year...
Forum: Lounge 2021-05-05, 12:00
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
This may affect storm5510 since he lives in...

This may affect storm5510 since he lives in Indiana...

Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge...
Forum: Lounge 2021-05-04, 20:52
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
When xilman talks, the EU listens... Food of...

When xilman talks, the EU listens...

Food of the future? EU nations put mealworms on the menu (https://apnews.com/article/europe-worms-science-business-oddities-c12bf770addd95eed248a0deee5e5d95)
Forum: Lounge 2021-04-17, 02:24
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
On Monday April 12, I saw my first large...

On Monday April 12, I saw my first large butterfly of the year, a Papilio glaucus - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, a large yellow butterfly with black stripes on its wings.

Today (Friday April 16),...
Forum: Lounge 2021-04-08, 16:06
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
I've seen more butterflies since March 21. ...

I've seen more butterflies since March 21. Mostly the undesirable alien Pieris rapae, the European Cabbage Butterfly, but a couple of days ago a specimen of the Painted Lady Vanessa cardui, two Red...
Forum: Lounge 2021-03-22, 00:30
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
As I was doing some gardening today (March 21,...

As I was doing some gardening today (March 21, 2021), I saw a sure sign that Spring has sprung: a butterfly flew by me, right in front of my face! I couldn't identify it immediately. It was small...
Forum: Lounge 2021-02-26, 12:13
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering...

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds (https://apnews.com/article/monarch-butterflies-down-mexico-9eb0e1e1b09e289428e55f78b3236c4b)
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-17, 20:42
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Insect decline in the Anthropocene: Death by a...

Insect decline in the Anthropocene: Death by a thousand cuts (https://www.pnas.org/content/118/2/e2023989118)

No buzz for bees: Media coverage of pollinator decline...
Forum: Lounge 2020-12-16, 00:04
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
After delaying a decision on listing the Monarch...

After delaying a decision on listing the Monarch Butterfly as an endangered species for eighteen months (http://blogs.edf.org/growingreturns/2019/06/03/what-monarch-esa-listing-delay-means/), the...
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-28, 13:32
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Brief buzz: Danish Mayfly named 2021 insect of...

Brief buzz: Danish Mayfly named 2021 insect of the year (https://apnews.com/article/science-insects-berlin-germany-europe-7cb97a7c0747325a5e79c8fdee913445)
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-08, 02:52
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Huh, I don't know. They don't seem to do a lot...

Huh, I don't know. They don't seem to do a lot of damage. (Google Google) Ah. Interesting. The Missouri Botanical Garden's page on Milkweed Bugs...
Forum: Lounge 2020-11-08, 00:06
Replies: 98
Views: 23,830
Posted By Dr Sardonicus
Congratulations on having a stand of Asclepias...

Congratulations on having a stand of Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)! I had a few Monarch caterpillars on mine, but none of them made it to adulthood. Butterfly weed is much less invasive, and...
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