Butterflies

Updated butterfly photography links in comments. Source: Tabletop Whale by Eleanor Lutz #butterflies #insects #pollinators #nature #outdoors

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“Kathleen Prudic: EButterfly is an online platform where people who are passionate about butterflies can log their observations and photographs. The data they create is then used by scientists to understand how, when and where butterflies live in North America. Research on beneficial insects is not well funded, especially as it relates to land use and climate change, which scientists know will affect pollinators like butterflies in big ways. ... Citizen scientists have contributed about 1 million observations to eButterfly since we started in 2012. We have a variety of data quality control measures in place to ensure correct species identification such as photo verification, mathematical models and expert opinion. One fabulous thing we’ve noticed is, if someone reports seeing something rare, it inspires others to go find it and take a photo to share. Butterflies, and most other insects, are amazing. They do many unnoticed services for people like pollinating and converting plants into protein for other animals like birds, mammals and lizards to eat. Researchers use data from eButterfly to create models describing where butterflies are now and where they might be in the next 10, 20 or 50 years. This information is then shared with land managers to help them make decisions about habitat restoration and conservation, ideally to help butterflies and other pollinators survive and reproduce. https://theconversation.com/butterfly-lovers-become-citizen-scientists-by-logging-sightings-on-ebutterfly-126803 #butterfly #butterflies #nature #wildlife #migration
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Monarch butterflies . Danaus plexippus “One of nature’s epic events is underway: Monarch butterflies’ fall migration. Departing from all across the United States and Canada, the butterflies travel up to 2,500 miles to cluster at the same locations in Mexico or along the Pacific Coast where their great-grandparents spent the previous winter. Human activities have an outsized impact on monarchs’ ability to migrate yearly to these specific sites. Development, agriculture and logging have reduced monarch habitat. Climate change, drought and pesticide use also reduce the number of butterflies that complete the journey. ...” https://theconversation.com/monarch-butterflies-spectacular-migration-is-at-risk-an-ambitious-new-plan-aims-to-help-save-it-136479 #butterfly #pollinators #insects #nature #wildlife
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“Kathleen Prudic: EButterfly is an online platform where people who are passionate about butterflies can log their observations and photographs. The data they create is then used by scientists to understand how, when and where butterflies live in North America. Research on beneficial insects is not well funded, especially as it relates to land use and climate change, which scientists know will affect pollinators like butterflies in big ways. ... Citizen scientists have contributed about 1 million observations to eButterfly since we started in 2012. We have a variety of data quality control measures in place to ensure correct species identification such as photo verification, mathematical models and expert opinion. One fabulous thing we’ve noticed is, if someone reports seeing something rare, it inspires others to go find it and take a photo to share. Butterflies, and most other insects, are amazing. They do many unnoticed services for people like pollinating and converting plants into protein for other animals like birds, mammals and lizards to eat. Researchers use data from eButterfly to create models describing where butterflies are now and where they might be in the next 10, 20 or 50 years. This information is then shared with land managers to help them make decisions about habitat restoration and conservation, ideally to help butterflies and other pollinators survive and reproduce. https://theconversation.com/butterfly-lovers-become-citizen-scientists-by-logging-sightings-on-ebutterfly-126803 #butterfly #butterflies #nature #wildlife #migration
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Monarch butterflies . Danaus plexippus “One of nature’s epic events is underway: Monarch butterflies’ fall migration. Departing from all across the United States and Canada, the butterflies travel up to 2,500 miles to cluster at the same locations in Mexico or along the Pacific Coast where their great-grandparents spent the previous winter. Human activities have an outsized impact on monarchs’ ability to migrate yearly to these specific sites. Development, agriculture and logging have reduced monarch habitat. Climate change, drought and pesticide use also reduce the number of butterflies that complete the journey. ...” https://theconversation.com/monarch-butterflies-spectacular-migration-is-at-risk-an-ambitious-new-plan-aims-to-help-save-it-136479 #butterfly #pollinators #insects #nature #wildlife
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Cedar Waxwing . Bombycilla cedrorum

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