2 thoughts on “Pic of the Day

  1. Hsiao Kuo says:

    “Monarch Butterfly’s Genes Reveal the Key to Its Long-Distance Migration : A gene for efficient muscles allowed the insect to fly farther, new research suggests.” http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141001-monarch-migration-genome-science/ “…Another key feature of monarchs – their color – also ties back to a single gene, the study suggests. A few monarchs are white, including Hawaii’s “niveous” butterflies found on Oahu. That white tint seems to come from one other gene, which seems to drive the change in color, the team found. The same gene leads to dull brown coats in a family of black mice. The find is a first linking color in mammals to that of invertebrates, says ecologist Richard ffrench-Constant of the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. “The role of single genes in sometimes having an outsized effect on species is sort of the theme of these results,” he says.

  2. Ītzpāpālōtl says:

    A second monarch butterfly conservationist has been found dead in Mexico https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/03/americas/second-butterfly-conservationist-dead-mexico-trnd/index.html Mexico’s State Commission for Human Rights said it believes Gomez, known as the “Defender of the Monarch Butterfly,” might have come into conflict with illegal loggers while carrying out his conservation work.
    Michoacán state is home to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a forested area, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) outside of Mexico City and witnesses millions of monarch butterflies during their annual migration. https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1290/
    ‘Horrific’: Human Rights Advocates Call for Investigation Into Death of Second Monarch Butterfly Defender in Mexico : Raúl Hernández Romero’s family says he received threats regarding his work campaigning against illegal logging in the weeks before he disappeared. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/03/horrific-human-rights-advocates-call-investigation-death-second-monarch-butterfly Mexico’s murder rate has gone up in recent years, with more than 34,000 people killed in 2019—the highest annual number ever in the country. Between 2010 and 2016, fewer than 6% of murder cases led to convictions. In 2018, at least 14 eco-defenders were killed in Mexico, according to a report by Global Witness.

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