Butterfly

Find out everything there is to know about butterflies and stay updated on the latest news with comprehensive articles, interactive features and butterfly pictures at LiveScience.com. Learn more about these fascinating insects as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about butterflies.
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Gorgeous Images Reveal Parasitic Plant in 3-Way Symbiotic Relationship
parasitic bulb being eaten by a caterpillar
December 30th, 2015
An ant, a caterpillar, and a parasitic plant all interact in a strange web of mutual benefit in the Amazon jungle, new research suggests.
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In Photos: The Spectacular Migration of Monarch Butterflies
monarch butterfly migration
October 18th, 2015
Many species of birds and even mammals, such as the great whales, travel thousands of miles to over-winter in warmer climates. Check out these photos of one of the most spectacular migrations.
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Photos: Delicate, Disappearing Butterflies of Southern Britain
August 10th, 2015
Photos of butterflies that will likely go extinct by 2050 in southern Britain if their habitats aren't preserved and droughts worsen.
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Photos: A Strange Parasitic Plant in the Amazon
A butterfly rests on a tree, camouflaging itself against the surface.
December 30th, 2015
An ant, a caterpillar, and a parasitic plant all interact in a strange web of mutual benefit in the Amazon jungle, new research suggests.
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Nature's GMOs: Parasites Alter Butterfly Genomes Using Viruses
Monarch Butterfly
September 18th, 2015
Genetically modified organisms may usually be thought of as human creations, but scientists now find that monarch butterflies, silkworms, and many other butterflies and moths naturally possess genes from parasitic wasps.
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Animal Sex: How Butterflies Do It
Two Butterflies
August 2nd, 2015
When it comes to sex, are butterflies as nurturing and gentle as they appear to be, or is there a more aggressive side to their mating?
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Cause of Mysterious Butterfly-Shaped Radar Blob Found
butterfly radar
September 23rd, 2014
A mysterious butterfly-shaped cloud spotted over St. Louis last week was built from actual butterflies.
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Sir Butterfly! New Species Named for David Attenborough
The newly discovered Attenborough butterfly.
December 2nd, 2015
The striking new species is the first butterfly to be named for the British broadcaster.
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Thirsty Butterflies Disappearing from the UK
August 10th, 2015
Some butterfly species could disappear from southern Britain in the next 35 years if climate change and habitat loss continue, according to new research.
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Monarch Butterflies Considered for Endangered Species Status
butterfly
January 2nd, 2015
The monarch butterfly, once common across the United States, could soon end up on the Endangered Species List.
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