Lepidopteras and Bluets
Suzan Bellincampi
Spring has arrived. We can be certain by the appearance of two petite predictors, both named azures
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Mourning Cloaks, First Butterflies of Spring
Suzan Bellincampi

Grand surprise is the less-known name of the mourning cloak, (also called a white petticoat), a butterfly that recently emerged from its winter hideaway.

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Painted and American Lady Butterflies
Suzan Bellincampi
Hey ladies. Though it sounds like it could be a catcall on a city street, this greeting is of a more rural (or even floral) variety. It is actually a beckoning to butterflies.
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A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies
Suzan Bellincampi
While seeing a handful of butterflies is quite common, observations of masses of them do happen and are clearly memorable.
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When Butterflies Blend
Suzan Bellincampi
The red spotted purple is one of two varieties of brush-footed butterflies that have the scientific name Limenitis arthemis.
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Great Spangled Fritillary
Suzan Bellincampi
Though we are already into October, David’s September sighting of a great spangled fritillary is definitely newsworthy.
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To Help the Monarchs, Plant Milkweed
Suzan Bellincampi

Plant milkweed. If you care about the plight of the beloved monarch butterfly, try this simple act of kindness. Plant milkweed.

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Buoying the Monarchs
Suzan Bellincampi
Being dramatic is warranted in the case of monarch butterflies whose numbers have plummeted over the last few years.
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Risky Business of Herbicides
Beyond the monarchs and the milkweed a broad discussion has been unfolding on the Vineyard in recent months and weeks about the use of herbicides.
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Great Monarch Migration Still Flies High on Film
Tom Dunlop
The Gazette presents a local film clip on monarch butterflies as ecologists around the country raise a cry over the fate of the monarchs, whose numbers have fallen off perilously in the last few years.
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