Former school groundsman dying of cancer accuses maker of popular herbicide of suppressing evidence of risks. Keen gardeners everywhere will be watching the outcome of a court case in the United States, in which a former school groundsman who is dying of cancer says the manufacturers of a well-known weed killer caused his illness. The 46-year-old […]

via Monsanto on trial over Roundup poisoning case — CVD


This year appears to have been a good one for the Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris). All around the local area at present, these energetic, golden, thimble-sized butterflies adorn roadside verges, roundabouts, parkland and wasteland: livening up walks in the city as they flit from bloom to bloom. Appearing to particularly favour the pale-purple flowers of […]

via Small Skipper — James Common

Bee Killer Chemical Sprays to be Outlawed in the European Union!

NPR reports Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union is set to “completely ban” the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides that have been blamed for killing bees, and for keeping other bees from laying eggs. Read story at EU To ‘Completely Ban’ Outdoor Use Of Neonicotinoids, Blamed For Devastating Bee […]

via EU To ‘Completely Ban’ Outdoor Use Of Neonicotinoids, Blamed For Devastating Bee — Natural History Wanderings

New Butterfly Species Discovered in Mexico!

From the Florida Museum of Natural History in the USA: New butterfly species discovered nearly 60 years after it was first collected McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity Founding Director Thomas Emmel netted butterfly in Mexico when he was 17 April 5, 2018 Summary: A butterfly collected by a teenager in Mexico nearly 60 years […]

via New butterfly species discovered in Mexico — Dear Kitty. Some blog

Monarch Butterfly…

Photo taken by Jack Flack, South Australia. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae. The viceroy butterfly appears similar in colour and pattern, but is markedly smaller and has an extra black stripe across the hind wing. The eastern North American monarch population is notable for its […]

via ‘The Amazing Monarch Butterfly’. — Old Guv Legends

Butterfly at Great Risk…

The enigmatic High Brown Fritillary, the UK’s most endangered butterfly, has been thrown a vital lifeline in 2018 through the creation of a new conservation project led by the National Trust and partners. With the charity now embarking on an ambitious plan to develop 60 hectares of lowland heath and wood pasture – the butterfly’s […]

via UK’s most endangered butterfly thrown a lifeline by the National Trust — James Common