The article appeared yesterday in The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera.
Butterflies of Alaska, A Field Guide will soon be available for purchase. Details are available at the URI below.
The article appeared in the journal PLOS ONE on October 30.
Dupuis JR, Sperling FAH (2015) Repeated Reticulate Evolution in North American Papilio machaon Group Swallowtail Butterflies. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0141882. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141882
Topics included new exotic species, mosquitoes, pollinators, carpenter ants, etc.
This is a nicely written and very informative article on the importance of collecting.
In the last two weeks there have been numerous reports of aspen defoliation in the Goldstream Valley on the north side of Fairbanks. An area approximately 50 acres in size has been heavily defoliated by the caterpillar, large aspen tortrix (Choristoneura conflictana (Walker)). Brief, intense outbreaks are common throughout the range of aspen, and typically last 2-3 years before collapsing. These outbreaks can grow to cover thousands of acres. The larvae tie together leaves with webbing and feed on the plant tissue. They will web other species of plants and feed on them if they run out of available aspen foliage. Although the forest can look very grim, leafless and covered in webbing, the trees will often create a second flush of leaves later in the summer. Historically there has been little long-term damage to the aspen trees associated with past outbreaks.
The Alaska Entomological Society invites members of the Alaska Entomological Society to submit a proposal to the annual Kenelm W. Philip Entomology Research Award.
Announcement including details:
Kathryn Daly has set up a mailing list (URI below) for the Alaska Lepidoptera Club, a continuation of Ken Philip’s work on the Alaska Lepidoptera Survey.
The article appeared in the December 12 News-Miner (URI below).