Alan Aldous

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North Dakota Derailment Shows Dark Side of America’s Oil Boom

Here’s the good news about Monday’s massive train accident in North Dakota: it looks like no one was hurt. And that might seem amazing after seeing …

Fiery oil train collision forces evacuation of North Dakota town | Reuters

FARGO, North Dakota (Reuters) - Residents of a small town in North Dakota were urged to evacuate after a BNSF train carrying crude oil collided with another train on Monday, setting off a series of explosions and fires, the latest in a string of incidents that have raised alarms over growing …

Train inferno in North Dakota raises questions over moving oil by rail

A huge cargo train has exploded into flames after a collision in the US state of North Dakota.<p>Two trains – one of which was one-and-a-half kilometres long and carrying crude oil – collided sparking huge flames and a plume of thick black smoke.<p>Eye witnesses reported hearing two explosions. There are …

Hope for Endangered Butterfly Species

Newly collected eggs give the Schaus butterfly a chance.<p><b>You can find the Schaus swallowtail butterfly on a U.S. postage stamp. But you'd have a harder time finding it in the wild.</b><p>The brown-and-yellow insect, which graced a stamp in 1996 to reflect its endangered status, has been hard to locate …

Scientists find rare butterfly on Biscayne Bay island

Researchers hunting for one of the world’s rarest butterflies on Monday announced that they captured a single female in the mosquito-filled forest of …

On the trail of the large tortoiseshell, the UK's most elusive butterfly

It was, joked Matthew Oates, a "lunatic fringe" mission. Scouring the hedgerows for the caterpillar of a butterfly that has been extinct for more than half a century might not be most people's idea of fun, but Oates, a National Trust naturalist, has spent 50 summers tracking down the most elusive …

Grassland butterflies in rapid decline in Europe

Europe's grassland butterfly population has plummeted in the past two decades, new research published on Tuesday shows, with a near halving in the numbers of key species since 1990.<p>The precipitous decline has been blamed on poor agricultural practices and pesticides, by the European Environment …

Nevada Wildfire Could Snuff Out A Rare Butterfly

A big wildfire in a mountain range just west of Las Vegas has put at risk the Mount Charleston blue butterfly, a rare species found in the U.S.<p>The fire is dying down, but it may be weeks before experts can get to the remarkable area where this butterfly lives to see if it made it through.<p>You have a …

Butterflies scramble to do battle

On a farm track for a runway, a small tortoiseshell butterfly was showing all the natural aptitude for flight of a 19th-century aviator. Oversized, outstretched wings could not, or would not, get into a flap. They quivered and shivered as if seeking warmth, the toasted ambers and browns glowing in …

August belongs to the peacock butterfly

The eyes have it this summer. If July was the month of the brown butterflies, with the dark irises and pin-spot pupils of gatekeepers and meadow browns in every field of long grass, August belongs to the peacocks. They are as common as I can remember since childhood: last week, one local clocked up …

Exotic butterfly to make spectacular late-summer emergence

It is not blue birds but the long-tailed blue that has been found flying over the White Cliffs of Dover.<p>The rare migratory butterfly has settled on chalk grassland owned by the National Trust and laid eggs, leading lepidopterists to hope for a spectacular late-summer emergence of the exotic insect …

It's a boy! And a girl? Butterfly with rare condition emerges in Cockrell Butterfly Center | BEYONDbones

<i>Editor’s Note: Today’s blog comes to us from Cockrell Butterfly Center Butterfly Rearing Coordinator Celeste Poorte.</i><p>The Cockrell Butterfly Center has …

British butterfly numbers bounce back following warm summer

Butterflies have bounced back this year after the worst summer on record in 2012. But gardeners may not be so delighted: the cabbage-munching large and small whites were the two most numerous insects in the world's largest butterfly count.<p>These two white species saw numbers rise by 300% in the Big …

Vladimir Nabokov’s Delightful Butterfly Drawings

We don't often talk about the hobbies (other than drinking, anyway) of respected twentieth-century writers. But do you know a single Nabokov reader, …

Art, Science, and Butterfly Metamorphosis: How a 17th-Century Woman Laid the Foundations of Modern Entomology

At a time when women in science were a rarity, German-born naturalist and illustrator <b>Maria Sibylla Merian</b> (April 2, 1647–January 13, 1717) did for the study of insects what pioneering fossil-hunter Mary Anning did for paleontology and egg collector and scientific illustrator Genevieve Jones did for …