from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several small, darkly colored butterflies of the family Riodinidae, occurring mainly in tropical regions and having iridescent lines or spots on the wings.
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- n. Any butterfly of the family Riodinidae
Litchfield - About one-fifth of the 117 butterfly species native to the state - including the silvery checkerspot, northern metalmark and frosted elfin - are listed as rare and endangered by the Department of Environmental Protection, a decline that has hastened in the past three years.
A new study published in the inaugural issue of PLoS ONE (an online open-access journal of science) notes the discovery that metalmark moths (Brenthia) mimic jumping spiders.
Scientists have now discovered that metalmark moths in Costa Rica use mimicry to escape hunters as well, by mimicking the very predators that might normally eat them.
Antioch Dunes was the first national wildlife refuge set aside for an insect, Lange's metalmark butterfly.
Wildlife service The Lange's metalmark butterfly, once on the verge of extinction, has only 10 days to mate and lay eggs.
L.st year, University of Connecticut science professor David L. Wagner noted a two-year precipitous decline in the number of northern metalmark butterflies in counts conducted in Falls Village.
About one-fifth of the 117 butterfly species native to the state -- including the silvery checker spot, northern metalmark, and frosted elfin -- are now listed as rare and endangered by the state's Department of Environmental Protection, a decline that has been most precipitous in the past three years.