The Leonard Lopate Show

Where Are the Monarchs?

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

This year, the annual migration of monarch butterflies was just 3 million, down from 60 million the year before. New York Times contributor Jim Robbins talks about why some experts are worried that the migratory pattern could be on the brink of collapse. His article, “The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear,” was in the Sunday Review on November 24.

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Getting Cozy With Baby Butterflies ... So Cozy, They Whisper A Wriggly Secret

Saturday, July 20, 2013

You thought, didn't you, that when a caterpillar gets ready to turn itself into a butterfly, it spins itself a cocoon, using silk. I thought that. But, apparently, what happens is different, more like a scene from the movie Alien.

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A Beautiful Notion: That Caterpillars Killed Off The Dinosaurs

Monday, July 01, 2013

One of the great dinosaur puzzles, the dinosaur mystery, is why did they suddenly die off? Scientists have been debating this question for almost a hundred years and one of the most beautiful notions came from an insect scholar who thought maybe caterpillars did it.

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Butterflies Flutter Across the Region in Abundance

Monday, May 07, 2012

Red admiral butterflies have been attracting attention all over the city and throughout New Jersey this weekend. Scientists agree that the abundance of these flower-loving creatures is an unusual occurrence.

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Monarchs Mark End of Summer

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The butterflies gracing New York's streets and gardens are Monarch butterflies, currently making their way through the city en route to the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico where they will spend the winter.

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