Insects are plentiful and inexpensive. Even when children aren't attending school in person, they can learn from the encounters they have with insects outside.
Oct. 29, 2020 • ~5 min
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After mating, some male butterflies seal their mate's genitalia. But females have evolved ways of fighting back or getting around the "mating plug."
Sept. 22, 2020 • ~7 min
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Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?
Sept. 18, 2020 • ~9 min
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Even though eastern and western monarch butterflies have different styles of migration, they're genetically the same, researchers report.
Aug. 11, 2020 • ~9 min
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Butterflies and bubbles can both produce irridescent colors. New research digs into how certain butterflies can create a rainbow of wing colors.
May 4, 2020 • ~3 min
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The research on insecticides could lead to better strategies for how to plant milkweed on agricultural land to expand monarch butterfly populations.
April 9, 2020 • ~4 min
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Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.
March 17, 2020 • ~7 min
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