Navigation Links
Massachusetts butterflies move north as climate warms
Date:8/19/2012

PETERSHAM, Mass. (August 19, 2012)---The authors of a Harvard study published today in Nature Climate Change gathered their data from an unlikely sourcethe trip accounts of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. Over the past 19 years, the amateur naturalist group has logged species counts on nearly 20,000 expeditions throughout Massachusetts. Their records fill a crucial gap in the scientific record.

Once analyzed, the data show a clear trend. According to Greg Breed, lead author on the study and a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass., "Over the past 19 years, a warming climate has been reshaping Massachusetts butterfly communities." Subtropical and warm-climate species such as the giant swallowtail and zabulon skippermany of which were rare or absent in Massachusetts as recently as the late 1980sshow the sharpest increases in abundance. At the same time, more than three quarters of northerly speciesspecies with a range centered north of Bostonare now declining in Massachusetts, many of them rapidly. Most impacted are the species that overwinter as eggs or small larvae: these overwintering stages may be much more sensitive to drought or lack of snow cover.

The study creates new questions for managing threatened species. "For most butterfly species, climate change seems to be a stronger change-agent than habitat loss. Protecting habitat remains a key management strategy, and that may help some butterfly species. However, for many others, habitat protection will not mitigate the impacts of warming," says Breed. He points to the frosted elfin, a species that receives formal habitat protection from the state. This southerly distributed butterfly is now one of the most rapidly increasing species in Massachusetts, with an estimated 1000% increase since 1992. Some of this increase may be due to habitat protections, Breed allows. But over the same period, atlantis and aphrodite fritillaries, historically common summer butter
'/>"/>

Contact: Clarisse Hart
hart3@fas.harvard.edu
978-756-6157
Harvard University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers discover elusive gene that causes a form of blindness from birth
2. Rewarding work for butterflies
3. Monarch butterflies down again this year as decline continues, says Texas A&M expert
4. Study reveals how monarch butterflies recolonize northern breeding range
5. Commonly used herbicides seen as threat to endangered butterflies
6. Spider version of Bigfoot emerges from caves in the Pacific Northwest
7. Climate change effects, potential mitigation in Northeast forests subject of Forest Service Report
8. North American freshwater fishes race to extinction
9. Active forest management to reduce fire could help protect northern spotted owl
10. Hidden secrets in the worlds most northerly rainforests
11. NOAA plankton surveys, second longest in the North Atlantic, add to new global effort
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/10/2014)...  Aware, Inc. (NASDAQ: AWRE ), a ... on June 26, 2014 that its Board of Directors ... share, or approximately $40 million in total.  The Board ... a payment date of July 24, 2014.  The Company ... an ex-dividend date for this special cash dividend.  An ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... , July 2, 2014  Unisys Corporation,s (NYSE: ... Unisys Nederland N.V., today announced that it has been selected ... and manage a new Basic Provision Biometrics solution for penitentiaries ... Unisys won the contract with a solution based on its ... The term of the contract is up to seven years, ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... July 2, 2014 NXT-ID, Inc., (OTCQB: NXTD) a biometric authentication ... Mr. Gino Pereira was interviewed on July 1 ... Tampa Florida . Mr. Pereira discusses the company,s ... Harris and how the Wocket™ aims to replace a ... Cedric Harris tells Gino he has never ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NASDAQ Sets Ex-Dividend Date for Aware, Inc.'s Special Cash Dividend of $1.75 Per Share 2Unisys Delivers New Basic Provision Biometrics Solution to Dutch Custodial Institutions Service 2Unisys Delivers New Basic Provision Biometrics Solution to Dutch Custodial Institutions Service 3Security and Your Money: Tampa Bay Radio Host Cedric Harris Talks to NXT-ID CEO Mr. Gino Pereira about the Wocket Smart Wallet 2Security and Your Money: Tampa Bay Radio Host Cedric Harris Talks to NXT-ID CEO Mr. Gino Pereira about the Wocket Smart Wallet 3Security and Your Money: Tampa Bay Radio Host Cedric Harris Talks to NXT-ID CEO Mr. Gino Pereira about the Wocket Smart Wallet 4
... Building on these findings, the Helmholtz scientists and their ... pathogenesic mechanisms of the disease and gain perspectives for ... study have been published online in the journal ... international research consortium QTSCD (QT Interval and Sudden Cardiac ...
... cholesterol level, working out on his treadmill. The ... his heart,s electrical system had managed to stay on the ... sudden cardiac death, which annually claims more than a quarter ... detectable molecules circulating in the blood makes the prediction of ...
... Technology and Innovation in Global BiometricsGAITHERSBURG, Md., March ... ) has been named the Biometrics Systems Integrator ... recognizing the Corporation,s leadership in developing innovative biometrics ... and Sullivan based the award on a rigorous ...
Cached Biology News:Genetic risk factors identified for sudden cardiac death 2Genetic risk factors identified for sudden cardiac death 3Hopkins scientists ID 10 genes associated with a risk factor for sudden cardiac death 2Hopkins scientists ID 10 genes associated with a risk factor for sudden cardiac death 3Lockheed Martin Named Biometrics 'Company of the Year' by Frost and Sullivan 2
(Date:7/10/2014)... UK (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 ... 21st Century Medicine Forum on ‘Commercialising Longevity Research’ ... and entrepreneurs to the London Bioscience Innovation Center ... Research Foundation and Aging Analytics Ltd. The meeting ... investment in translational research for age-related disease, as ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Robert Harman, DVM, Founder and CEO of Vet-Stem, Inc., ... the relaunch of his highly informative blog, now named Stem ... What are Stem Cells ?” Dr. Harman’s purpose for ... the basics of stem cell therapy so that pet owners ... treatment when considering regenerative medicine. , A veterinarian by trade, ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 10, 2014  Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown ... for respiratory monitoring outside the operating room, ... in embracing state-of-the-art patient safety technology. ... breathing and can alert medical caregivers when ... amount of carbon dioxide the patient is ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/s3bqj2/photonic ) has ... Integrated Circuit (Monolithic Integration, Hybrid Integration, Module Integration) ... their offering. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ... traces its roots in the latter half of ... went unexplored and unfulfilled for several decades owing ...
Breaking Biology Technology:DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 2DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 3DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 4DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 5DKV Sponsors Forum on Commercialising Longevity Research; Brings Together Scientists, Investors, Entrepreneurs and Celebrities 6Robert Harman, DVM Talks About What Stem Cells are in His Latest Blog Series for Vet-Stem, Inc. 2Robert Harman, DVM Talks About What Stem Cells are in His Latest Blog Series for Vet-Stem, Inc. 3Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point Underscores Patient Safety Commitment Through Expanded Use of Capnography 2International Photonic Integrated Circuit (Monolithic Integration, Hybrid Integration, Module Integration) Market - Forecasts to 2019 2
... Data to be presented at American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual ... continuous hemoglobin (SpHb) and Oxygen Content (SpOC) monitor with ... ... Calif., Oct. 17 Masimo, the inventor,of Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM) and ...
... announced today a significant redesign of its web site, including ... database of published synthetic gene applications and a revamped Bioinformatics ... DNA and protein sequences. , ... ...
... Shandong, China, Oct. 17 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --,Shengtai Pharmaceutical, ... Company,), a leading manufacturer and distributor of ... announced that it has,completed factory improvements providing ... cornstarch facility., The Company,s improvement of ...
Cached Biology Technology:Five New Clinical Studies Show Value of Masimo PVI & PI 2Five New Clinical Studies Show Value of Masimo PVI & PI 3Five New Clinical Studies Show Value of Masimo PVI & PI 4Five New Clinical Studies Show Value of Masimo PVI & PI 5DNA2.0 Launches New Website: Enhanced Design and Free Bioinformatics Tools Demonstrate DNA2.0's Customer Focus 2Shengtai Pharmaceutical Completes Factory Improvements Resulting in Operational and Environmental Benefits 2Shengtai Pharmaceutical Completes Factory Improvements Resulting in Operational and Environmental Benefits 3
Porcine Aortic Smooth Muscle Cells (PAOSMC) (>500,000 cells)...
... BioControl is a major step forward ... liquid handling system - with one ... cone modules. All five single channel ... fit one handle. The lightweight handle ...
Bovine Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells (BPASMC) (>500,000 cells)...
... known as smooth muscle cell specific protein, is ... various tissues such as intestine, lung and uterus. ... calponin. SM22 alpha expression has been reported in ... vascular and visceral forms. It is also reported ...
Biology Products: