New Jersey Butterfly Club

A chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)

Butterflies in the News

  • 11/3/23: “How butterflies can help scientists detect cancer” from EurekAlert! operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read it here.

  • The endangered Atala butterfly found only along the south-east coast of Florida is apparently expanding its range and has in recent years appeared for the first time at several locations on the south-west coast and most recently in the Everglades.

  • 8/24/23: “Butterflies Can Remember” from sciencedirect.com. Read it here.

  • 7/13/23: “Small-winged and lighter colored butterflies likely to be at greatest threat from climate change” from Science Daily. Read it here.

  • 6/21/23: “Monarch butterflies' white spots may help them fly farther, scientists say” from NPR. Read it here.

  • 6/2/23: “Maine students work with lawmakers to name official state butterfly” from Spectrum News. Read it here.

  • 6/2/23: “After two decades searching, biologist finds first ‘bog elfin’ butterfly in Vermont” from the VT Digger. Read it here.

  • 6/1/23: “Butterflies, birds, & more inside the massive new center at the Museum of Natural History” from NBC New York. Read and watch the video here.

  • 5/17/23: “Rare fossils reveal the butterfly “tree of life” over the past 100 years” from CNN. Read it here.

  • 5/9/23: "Butterfly Group With Fiery ‘Eyes’ Is Named After ‘Lord of the Rings’ Villain Sauron" from Smithsonian Magazine. Read about it here.

  • 3/21/23: "In Defense of Clothes Moths, Marvels of Evolution" from EntomologyToday. To read more, click here.

  • 3/14/23: "A Bounty of Butterflies Arrives at the Smithsonian" from Smithsonian Magazine. To read more, click here.

  • 12/15/22: Check out this article in Entomology Today discussing how the Miami blue butterfly, Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri, can survive in greater numbers when protected by the Florida carpenter ants. The carpenter ants will protect the caterpillars from predators in order to feed off of their sugary secretions. You can read more here.

  • 1/31/23: The Dodo website recently published a beautiful video on the lifecycle of a monarch butterfly. You can view it here.

  • 6/10/22: "Monarch Butterfly Populations are Thriving in North America". Read about it here.

  • 2/24/22: "Monarchs have a growing parasite problem". Read about it here.