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The wings of change

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posted on Oct, 11 2005 @ 08:35 AM
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The wings of change

As scientists find additional indications of global warming in the shrinking Arctic ice cap, Thomas Emmel sees evidence a lot closer to home...

In the winter, Emmel has seen the unusual sight of monarch butterflies covered in frost outside the University of Florida's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, which he directs. The monarch used to make only sporadic appearances in Gainesville, but now maintains residence throughout the year.

Skeptics of global warming need to look no further than the monarch and a dozen other butterfly species that in the past 25 years started breeding here year round, he said.

"You can see them flying on Christmas Day or New Year's Day," he said...

...Species that previously lived in South Florida have shifted an average of 30 miles northward each year for the past 15 years, he said...

Florida's state butterfly, the zebra longwing, is an example. The species, distinguishable by its long black wings with thin yellow bands, used to only appear here in late summer. Now it can be found all 12 months of the year, Emmel said.

While more butterflies are appearing in Gainesville, others are leaving. Five butterfly species have left the area or significantly diminished in numbers as they moved in search of cooler temperatures, Emmel said...

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Another slow change that has frightening implications...

[edit on 11-10-2005 by loam]




posted on Oct, 11 2005 @ 09:56 AM
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A changing enviroment not only effects migration patterns it's has been killing off the Monarch butterfly. Deforestation of the Monarch's wintering grounds also has led to a drastic reduction in the butterfly's population.



Mass butterfly death alarms Mexican ecologists-2001

250 Million Dead Butterflies-2002

Monarch butterflies recover from killer freeze: 65 million dead-2003

Storms in Mexico have crippled the monarch population-2004

Butterflies are an important part of the ecosystem, and can pollinate many plants. Populations of honeybees and butterflies, nature's flying pollen-spreaders, is dwindling in many places due to urban sprawl, pesticides, predators and climate change.

A PLEA FOR BEES"...the shortage of pollinators will result in lower yields"

More information about the Monarchs at: monarchwatch.org...



posted on Mar, 22 2006 @ 03:18 PM
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EU's butterfly havens are vanishing

Vanishing wet grasslands are making a nonsense of the European Union's plan to halt biodiversity loss by 2010, if the alarming decline in butterflies is anything to go by.

Since the 1990s, Martin Warren of Butterfly Conservation in the UK and his colleagues in the Netherlands have been gathering information on butterfly distribution in 45 European countries. They have found serious declines in almost every country, with 71 of the total 576 species now classed as threatened.

Now the team has classified butterfly fortunes by habitat and found that the areas occupied by specialist wetland or forest species shrank by about 15 per cent in the past 25 years. Grassland butterflies have fared even worse, their distribution shrinking by 19 per cent (Journal of Insect Conservation, vol 10, p 189).

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posted on Mar, 22 2006 @ 10:56 PM
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strange post i have to say a bug guy talking about weather patterns and melting ice caps. I don’t think I trust him beyond butterflies probably just some guy wanting to get his name out there in the papers.

And from what I see nature is healing its self from 2000-04 there was a cold trend that killed massive amounts then this post saying that they are breeding year round to replenish there population that has been lost. Got to love mother nature!

Monarch’s unfortunately are a doomed species from the beginning feeding on a verry specific food and traveling so far while being so frail. Mankind or not they are on borrowed time. Sad though such a pretty thing



posted on Mar, 23 2006 @ 04:32 AM
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Originally posted by Regenmacher
Populations of honeybees and butterflies, nature's flying pollen-spreaders, is dwindling in many places due to urban sprawl, pesticides, predators and climate change.


That's not what I heard (about the bees). I heard that urban bees are healthier and more productive:


Bees reared in cities 'healthier'

Bees reared in cities are healthier and more productive than their country cousins, a study by French beekeepers' association Unaf has found.

Urban bees enjoy higher temperatures and a wider variety of plant life for pollination, while avoiding ill-effects of pesticides, the study said.

At the same time they can filter out city pollution such as exhaust fumes.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


It's not all doom and gloom for the bees and humanity!



posted on Mar, 23 2006 @ 05:09 AM
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The butterflies seems to be moving to the arctic? Isn´t that a bit weird?




A thread of mine from last year:

A Swarm Of Butterflies In The Arctic Icy Waters




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