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Pesticide makers have found a new way to kill bees

argylesock says… Only a few days ago here in Europe, a temporary ban came into place on three neonics. Clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. Now another neonic called sulfoxaflor, made by the chemical and biotech giant Dow AgroSciences, has been approved … Continue reading

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Butterflies in Britain, summer 2013

Lewis at woodlands.co.uk announced the results of the Big Butterfly Count for summer 2013. Here’s his blog post about it. It’s good news on the whole. This confirms a report of conservation successes for some kinds of insect and some … Continue reading

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Another GM maize may soon be grown in Europe

European farmers can grow two GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered, GE) crops. Soon, they may get the choice of growing another. One of the GM crops approved for European cultivation is an insect-resistant maize (corn, Zea mays) called MON810. Its … Continue reading

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Nature conservation succeeds in parts of Europe

The State of Nature Report was sobering news for us in Britain in May 2013. I told you about it at the time. But a few weeks later, evidence came in Ecology Letters that conservation efforts may be paying off … Continue reading

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Lepidoptera of the month: Large white and small white butterflies

Here’s my Lepidopteran of the Month series. You might choose to follow my ‘butterfly’ tag for other posts in this series. Today, a day late for July, let’s admire the cabbage whites. Admire them? Well, more likely loathe them. For … Continue reading

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Bees and butterflies are doing surprisingly well in Britain

Lewis at woodlands.co.uk tells us that, in Britain this year, bees and butterflies are doing better than expected. There’s still time to do the Big Butterfly Count one sunny day, and we’re getting plenty of sunny days! I did the … Continue reading

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Big Butterfly Count

If you’re in Britain, Butterfly Conservation invites you to take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count. This will be fun. Also it will be useful because butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) tell us what’s happening on the land. That is, … Continue reading

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Lepidopteran of the month: Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Here’s my Lepidopteran of the Month series, back after a few months’ hibernation. You might choose to follow my ‘butterfly’ tag for other posts in this series. Today, in June, let’s admire the small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) which I … Continue reading

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UK Butterflies Suffer Another Set-Back

Originally posted on Birding Frontiers:
With 2013 recording one of the coldest springs for 50 odd years, our British Butterflies have suffered a further set-back. Many have been late to emerge and our rarer species are now on the wing…

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How Monsanto is killing off the monarch butterfly‏

Originally posted on Everything Matters:
By Paul Woodward Yale Environment 360: University of Kansas insect ecologist Orley R. “Chip” Taylor has been observing the fragile populations of monarch butterflies for decades, but he says he has never been more concerned about…

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