Sunday, April 18, 2010
Possibly extinct, the Lotis Blue has not been seen alive since 1983. Little is known about this mysterious butterfly. It is only known from a few sites near Mendocino on California's north coast. Thought to have been restricted to a rare coastal bog type of habitat, this butterfly may be a victim of climatic shifts as much as development. Droughts in the late 1970s caused severe declines in populations of Coast Hosackia (Lotus formosissimus) the plant thought to have supported the development of this butterfly.
Bogs may be considered to be old ponds which have gradually undergone a process known as eutrophication, a process which eventually leads to dry land. Though this is natural and the butterfly has probably adapted to the need to move its location periodically, human activities may have played a role in altering successional patterns and preventing the formation of new bog habitat.
Ongoing studies are using aerial photography and other remote sensing techniques to attempt to identify areas potentially still inhabited by the Lotis Blue. If the butterfly is rediscovered attempts will be made to breed the species in captivity and assist individuals in getting to appropriate breeding sites. Meanwhile research is being conducted on the successional patterns of bog habitat and the needs of the host plant in a hopes of preventing its decline and perhaps that of other associated organisms in the future.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
- From small in size
To as big as whoppers
We hop in the grass
So we're called _____________
- I'm busy, as busy as can bee,
Making honey for you and me.
My bumbling cousin is very busy too,
But she won't make honey to give to you._____________
- I don't like butter, and I'm not a fly.
Whoever named me made a bad try.
When I'm not flying up too high,
You might chase me when I flutter by. _____________
- Deer or horses are not these flies' dish,
But they'll bite you too, if they wish._____________
- When a dog gets bit by these
He snaps or bites in hopes to seize
The pest that makes him ill at ease,
But with a jump, the insect flees._____________
- A carpenter is very good
At building houses made from wood.
You may guess, that from our name,
We ants can also can do the same. _______________
- RIDDLES FROM: http://www.bugs.com/kids_corner/insect_riddles.html