Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Boloria selene

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Britain’s population of pearl-bordered fritillary, Boloria selene, has fallen by two-thirds over the past 30 years, according to Butterfly Conservation. At the start of its Save Our Butterflies Week, the charity has announced the UK’s largest project to reverse the decline of woodland species

Image: Robert Thompson [larger]


  1. #1 bijoy
    July 29, 2007


    I’m new here landed up searching blogs on resources on pets. cool blog you have here, keep it up. i’m also interested in dogs and do have a german shepherd named devil ( named after the phantom’s dog – i was a huge phantom fan in my childhood ) any way its nice to be here. i’ll be back some time later for more updates.

    Warm Regards from India

    you might find this series
    on dogs
    in our blog interesting. do leave comments there. see ya.


    Kerala, India

  2. #2 Bob O'H
    July 29, 2007

    I looked at the image and thought “Ooh, eyespots!”.


  3. #3 biosparite
    July 29, 2007

    The recent Houston NABA butterfly count showed decreased numbers of individual butterflies this July compared with past years. The big variable between this and other count years is the unending rain since the second week of June. Interstingly the 2005 count was marked by record rainfalls leading up to it, but the 2006 count occurred amidst a record drought. If any of this is attributable to human activity, we are going to have to start worrying about at least some invertebrates (not Asian tiger mosquitoes, however). This summer my neighborhood is also characterized by an irruption of Eastern narrowmoth toads, which sound like a high-pitched, buzzing, pig squeal. I am told by neighbors that they are finding pools of water in open areas that are crowded with tadpoles. I hear distant thunder even as I type this, despite bright-blue skies at the beginning of the day. Sheesh.

  4. #4 romunov
    September 3, 2007

    I’m pretty keen on butterflies (of Europe), and you can see them at my site. Welcome!

  5. #5 DougT
    October 3, 2007

    I found your post through Circus of the Spineless. This species is also struggling on the southern edge of its range in the US. I recently blogged about a conservation project in Illinois.

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