January 23, 2017 – Norfolk, VA – Favourable forecast for butterfly count
Fifty-five. That’s the record number of butterfly species spotted during the annual Long Point Butterfly Count.
Will 2017 be the year this mark is surpassed? So far, the outlook is promising.
“I’ve already been seeing a lot of monarchs and swallowtails,” said Adam Timpf, compiler for the Long Point count. But, those observations won’t necessarily translate into elevated tallies on count day
February 28, 2017 – Pacific Grove’s monarch butterfly count was up from last year
While P.G.’s count came in at 17,000, Nick Stong, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History’s education manager said the figure actually reflects a number of anywhere between 13,500 and 20,400 (a 20 percent margin error).
“Taking that into account, as well as the dynamic nature of monarch overwintering behavior, it would be difficult to draw any conclusions regarding the overall population by simply looking at these numbers,” said Stong, who noted that the season’s overall pattern was different than years past because of the large number (39,753) that were observed overwintering at a private site in Big Sur where only 5,000 were counted last year.
Still, Stong was happy with the result.
April 12, 2017 – U.K. – Small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly numbers boost
As scientists record one of the worst years on record for British butterflies, one species is bucking the trend in Scotland.
Volunteers taking part in the monitoring scheme recorded a 109% increase in its numbers in Scotland between 2015 and 2016.
(The ‘increased awareness’ chimera – ed)
July 14, 2017 – U.K. – World’s largest butterfly survey aims to assess apparent spike in British numbers
(The repugnant meme-word “spike” is used to imply that numbers have shot up, but will shoot right back down again, forming a ‘spike‘ on the graph. With ‘apparent’ added as a bonus-hedge. -ed)
July 14, 2017 – U.K. – Sir David Attenborough: even common British butterflies are now endangered
August 3, 2017 – Is the monarch butterfly thriving again? – The Record
August 19, 2017 – 2017 Yosemite National Park Butterfly Count Sets New
Records for the number of participants, butterfly species, and individual butterflies.
(Places ‘participants‘ first, to underscore the ‘rising awareness’ canard mentioned previously – ed)
August 20, 2017 – More butterflies spotted in Connecticut – NewsTimes
Butterfly expert Victor DeMasi, of Redding, gave an outdoor discussion …. the annual national butterfly count on Saturday morning, July 1, 2017, in … more …. “It’s been a particularly good year for a number of butterflies,” said Nicole Palffy-Muhoray, the museum assistant at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, which has studied Connecticut’s butterflies for decades.
She quickly cautioned that one year doesn’t indicate a trend and at least ten years of data was needed to determine if a trend exists.
Palffy-Muhoray said there may have been a few good years in a row but she is hesitant to say the species are coming back because there are so many factors involved.
September 6, 2017 – New Jersey – Iconic but depleted monarch butterfly makes a summer comeback
The monarch butterfly, whose population has declined 90 percent, has been rebounding …
September 20, 2017 – Montreal Area Sees ‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Painted Lady Butterflies
September 21, 2017 – Illinois – Monarch Butterflies Flying High This Year After Recent Declines …
September 23, 2017 – Delhi, India – 15 teams record 50 butterfly species across Delhi, Painted Lady …
A large number of butterflies indicate a healthy environment, experts say.
(‘15 teams’ is placed first in the headline to underscore the ‘increased awareness’ canard mentioned previously – ed)
September 25, 2017 – U.K. – Red admiral thrives in butterfly count while whites show decline …
More than 550,000 butterflies were recorded, but the record number of surveyors hides a more …
(The ‘increased awareness’ canard, tirelessly repeated – ed)
October 10, 2017 – Cape May monarch numbers best in 4 years, halfway through count …
October 16, 2017 – Record numbers of birds and butterflies reap rewards of nature friendly farming
The Hope Farm Bird Index has more than trebled between 2000 and 2017.
Butterfly numbers on the farm have also increased by 213 percent. But during the same period the Farmland Bird Index nationally has decreased.
October 18, 2017 – Record Number of Monarch Butterflies Start Migration Early in Morro Bay
November 16, 2017 – U.K. – Record breaking year for Swallowtail Butterfly – Broads Authority