Caterpillar Metamorphosis Looks Even More Alien When You Speed It Up

Oregon's endangered silverspot butterflies typically pupate into chrysalises over the course of several hours, in a nocturnal process rarely observed by humans. But in this time-lapse footage, members of the Oregon Zoo's butterfly lab have combined over 15,000 photographs to compress the transformation into a matter… » 6/18/14 12:20pm 6/18/14 12:20pm

Check out these stunning macro-focus shots of butterfly and moth wings

For the past four years, photographer and biochemist Linden Gledhill has been taking macro focus shots of various butterfly and moth wings. Gledhill, who has also photographed natural and homegrown snowflakes, designed his own rig (with the help of Cognisys) to help create these intricate and beautiful close-up… » 1/17/13 1:29pm 1/17/13 1:29pm

What lurks in the DNA of the mysterious Monarch butterfly?

For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the genome of a creature who migrates long distances: the Monarch butterfly. The Monarch Genome Project hopes to provide insight into the butterflies' mysterious migratory pattern, which involves travel over great distances for several generations. How do these… » 11/24/11 10:08am 11/24/11 10:08am