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UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 12:26 p.m.

Once common in Eastern Washington, the monarch butterfly is rare. But the Painted Lady remains easy to find.

A Washington State University butterfly expert described painted ladies as a “cosmopolitan” butterfly because they can be found on every continent aside from Antartica. The ladies are coming to town, …


Shawn Vestal: Years of citizen effort has brought Expo ’74 butterfly back to Riverfront Park

For the first time in decades, a steel-framed butterfly towers above the north-bank entrance to Riverfront Park.


This former ghost town on the fringes of LAX is now teeming with owls, legless lizards and butterflies

When the Los Angeles beachfront community of Surfridge disappeared decades ago to make way for the jet age, nature was slow to reclaim the sandy dunes and upscale lots that …


Washington Butterfly Association meeting Wednesday

The Washington Butterfly Association will have a meeting on Wednesday. The meeting will be held at the Downtown Public Library in Room 1B and will run from 6 to 7:30 …


Monarchs in Mexico allow brush with fragile beauty

OCAMPO, Mexico – This is a story that must begin at the end. But oh, what an end. I stood on a forested mountaintop in Mexico in late February, mesmerized …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Monarch butterflies might vanish from Northwest summers

Children in the Northwest might not see the fluttering orange and black wings of a Monarch butterfly on a summer day a few decades from now.


Oregon silverspot butterflies get new places to grow

To release an Oregon silverspot butterfly caterpillar, biologist Anne Walker takes it out of a little Tupperware container and sets it gently on its preferred food, the spade-shaped leaves of …


Rare butterfly thrives on, and because of, US military bases

The common thread among the bases is the way they manage vegetation through controlled burns, which create the perfect conditions for wild blue lupine and indigo to grow, the frosted …


Expo ’74-era butterflies to be saved in Riverfront Park

Two metal-and-fabric butterflies that marked the gates of Expo ’74 are going to be saved and moved to a new location.


Doug Clark: Impressive butterfly collection wings its way home to WSU

The last part of one of the state’s largest butterfly collections has been given to Washington State University.


Butterfly walk reveals nature’s artistry

Butterflies are more than just another pretty bug.


Tom Rogers logged Dishman Hills butterflies

The father of the Dishman Hills Natural Area had his mind on the land, birds, flora and fauna in the 1960s when he helped spearhead the movement to preserve open …


Plant garden to attract pollinators

Pollinators help increase the production in our vegetable gardens, berry patches and orchards. In addition, flower pollination helps plants produce seeds. If there are no seeds, there will not be …


Out & About: Enchantments permit season increased six weeks

Out & About


Outdoors in brief: Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting today

A report on how to keep domestic dogs from being caught in traps set for wolves will be presented among other agenda items during the Idaho Fish and Game Commission …


Endangered butterfly lives on Lewis-McChord firing range

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — An undeveloped stretch of native prairie in south Puget Sound offers one of the few habitats in the world where a two-inch colorful checkered …


Field reports: Michigan paves way for wolf hunting

PREDATORS – Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill Wednesday that clears the way to schedule Michigan’s first gray wolf hunting season since the resurgent predator, reviled by some as a …


Butterfly, moth collection featured in Rosalia fall festival

In 1965, when James Nebel was a young man, he became the owner and protector of a huge collection of moths and butterflies. At the time it was known as …


Out & About: Irondogging the Iditarod Trail

OUTMUSHINE – Snowmobiler Bob Jones of Kettle Falls started following the Iditarod Sled Dog Race near Anchorage on March 3 in mild 25 degree temperatures, but he soon got a …


Group pegs butterflies as cream of the state’s wildlife crop

Swallowtails, fritillaries and checkerspots aren’t just a passing fancy to members of the Washington Butterfly Association. Cheerfully describing themselves as “birders gone bad,” they plan forays to spot species and …