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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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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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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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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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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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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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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