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Monarch Butterflies Considered for Endangered Species Status
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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Butterflies Caught Lapping Up Crocodile Tears
bee and butterfly drinking tears
May 1st, 2014
Crocodile tears may be drinks for thirsty butterflies and bees, scientists find. The insects likely rely on croc tears for salt, researchers added. This isn't the first time a butterfly has been caught lapping up another animal's tears.
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As Milkweed Disappears, Monarchs are Fading Away (Op-Ed)
A female monarch butterfly laying eggs on tropical milkweed.
February 25th, 2014
The monarch butterfly, once everywhere, is fading from view.
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Colorful Butterfly Wings Inspire Counterfeit-Proof Tech
The butterfly Pierella luna.
October 6th, 2014
To stop identity thieves and counterfeiters, a group of researchers is looking for inspiration from an unlikely source: butterflies.
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Is It the End for the Monarch's Cross-Continent Migration? (Op-Ed)
Migrant monarch butterflies in mid-air as they travel south.
February 6th, 2014
Monarch numbers are rapidly falling, but what can be done to protect them?
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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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Two New Butterfly Species Discovered in US
An image of new butterfly species
March 7th, 2014
Two new butterfly species have been discovered in the U.S. — an unusual finding made by examining DNA.
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