Team cracks butterfly wing color mystery

Butterflies and bubbles can both produce irridescent colors. New research digs into how certain butterflies can create a rainbow of wing colors.

National Science Foundation • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: colors butterflies featured science-and-technology bubbles

How insecticide could harm monarchs in added habitat

The research on insecticides could lead to better strategies for how to plant milkweed on agricultural land to expand monarch butterfly populations.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation insects agriculture pesticides butterflies earth-and-environment

How butterfly wings get blacker than black

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.

Duke University • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects light colors butterflies biomimicry science-and-technology coatings

How butterfly wings get blacker than black

Researchers have finally solved the mystery of ultra-black butterflies, which have wings that rival the blackest coatings humans can make.

Duke University • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: insects light colors butterflies biomimicry science-and-technology coatings

Butterflies can pass acquired traits to the next generation

It defies past thinking about evolution, but new research documents the inheritance of acquired traits among butterflies.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: evolution insects butterflies science-and-technology smells

Habitat care can save rare species from certain doom

Human habitat management gives species a better shot at avoiding extinction in the face of natural disasters like hurricanes

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Dec. 19, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: conservation extinction plants hurricanes butterflies featured earth-and-environment

How vitamin A plays a role in monarch migration

"...our work in the monarch could have implications for better understanding seasonal changes in the human brain that could lead to ailments such as seasonal depression."

Shana Hutchins-Texas A&M • futurity
Dec. 12, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: insects genes migration light butterflies science-and-technology circadian-rhythms

Monarch butterflies have heat-sensitive ‘timer’ for migration

When monarch butterflies are laying low down south for the winter, a temperature-sensitive timer preps them for the trip north.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
July 29, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: temperature butterflies featured science-and-technology

Captive breeding makes monarchs that don’t fly south

New findings suggest captive breeding isn't a good way for fans of monarch butterflies to help the species.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago • futurity
June 25, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: conservation insects migration endangered-species butterflies earth-and-environment citizen-scientists

Fall migration is key to monarch survival

"Getting accurate monarch counts in the summer is tough. Finding them in the fall, though, is nearly impossible as they're moving hundreds of miles daily."

Layne Cameron-Michigan State • futurity
March 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: insects migration habitat butterflies earth-and-environment

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