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October 25, 1989 | JOHN FAIRHALL, BALTIMORE EVENING SUN
Conditions are nearly ideal as John Fales heads briskly out the front door with his butterfly net and a worn green canvas bag slung over his shoulder. It's 75 degrees on a mostly sunny afternoon in the early fall. A gentle breeze ripples the waters of Chesapeake Bay, a short walk from Fales' home at Plum Point in Calvert County, Md. Fales records the temperature from a gauge atop a pole in his yard and writes down the time. Ready now, he scans the shrubs in his yard and the sky overhead.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Jason La
Andrew Hydle and his wife drive up to the Goleta Monarch Grove each year to see the butterflies during their annual migration. This year, the couple caught the monarchs near the end of their migration, but there were still quite a few clusters about, Hydle said. He took this photo on Feb. 23 with a Nikon D800. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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WORLD
February 14, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The annual migration to Mexico of millions of orange-and-black monarch butterflies is one of the nation's cherished rituals. But it could come to a virtual halt if the insect's natural habitat is not urgently salvaged. That is the conclusion of a long list of scientists, artists and environmentalists who are calling on the leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada to act swiftly to protect butterfly breeding grounds. President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are to meet in Mexico next week to discuss economy, trade and other issues.
SCIENCE
February 25, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
With monarch butterfly populations rapidly dwindling, a conservation organization on Monday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement tougher rules for the weed killer glyphosate - first marketed under the brand name Roundup - to save America's most beloved insect from further decline. In a petition, the Natural Resources Defense Council argued that current uses of glyphosate are wiping out milkweed, the only plant upon which monarch caterpillars feed. The loss of milkweed is having a devastating effect on the life cycles of the large, fragile orange-and-black butterflies, which migrate through the United States, Canada and Mexico.
TRAVEL
November 3, 1996
John McKinney's article on monarch butterflies ("Following the Flight of the Butterfly," Sept. 22) inspired us to make a side trip to Pismo Beach as we headed north toward San Luis Obispo. We had no problem following the directions to Pismo State Beach but were disappointed when we got there. As we were told by the park ranger (but not by the article), the state beach is for overnight camping only and there is no day-use parking. Not to be deterred, we headed north, and, about a mile north of Grand Avenue, we did see the butterflies.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2010
BOOKS "Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes From the Middle East" For tonight's reading, UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan rounded up an all-star cast including actress Heather Graham and writer Aimee Bender to lend their voices to landmark works of literature from the Middle East, many of which appear in English translation for the first time in Aslan's new compilation. Mark Taper Auditorium, Los Angeles Central Library , 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.
WORLD
November 26, 2011 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
Not long ago, Olga Lucia Salazar was breaking chicken necks and plucking feathers under scalding water for a living. Now, at double her former wage, the single mother of three raises gorgeous blue butterflies. "All I had to look forward to was miserable arthritis and permanently swollen hands," Salazar said as she arranged about 60 pistachio-sized chrysalises in a cotton-lined white cardboard box. "I can do this at home taking care of my kids. And I work for myself. There is no one screaming orders at me. " Over the last decade, butterfly exporter Alas de Colombia has given disadvantaged women here steady incomes and converted the iconography of this once war-torn valley from AK-47s and combat fatigues to fluttery symbols of peace and hope.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2013 | By Mike Anton, Los Angeles Times
The remains of what was once one of Los Angeles' most coveted neighborhoods can be seen behind a fence topped with barbed wire. Weeds sprout through cracks along streets lined with majestic palms. Retaining walls and foundations of custom homes peek through the brush. Rusty utility lines that have wiggled their way above ground bake in the sun like scattered bones. Two throttled-up passenger jets simultaneously take off from LAX and soar overhead, the thundering cacophony a reminder of why the community of Surfridge was forced to disappear.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2012 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Flight Behavior A novel Barbara Kingsolver Harper: 436 pp., $28.99 Strange things are happening in Appalachia. The natural world as we know it is coming to an end, overheated by human greed. "Global warming" is a dangerously loaded expression in the rural, Republican-loving, God-fearing Tennessee of Barbara Kingsolver's didactic and preachy new novel, "Flight Behavior. " The people of the fictional Feathertown have been taught by talk radio that it's a big-city scam concocted by Al Gore.
NEWS
March 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The government began an investigation into allegations that millions of monarch butterflies have been killed by pesticides at their winter nesting grounds in central Mexico. Unusually high numbers of dead butterflies have been found in the forest where they spend the winter, according to an environmental group. Police reported smelling the pesticide DDT around the time the dead butterflies were found, but they were unable to locate the source, Grupo de los Cien said.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By Gary Paul Nabhan
" But most of all I shall remember the monarchs, that unhurried westward drift of one small winged form after another, each drawn by some invisible force. " - Rachel Carson, in a letter to Dorothy Freeman, Sept. 10, 1963 . After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative. This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year.
WORLD
February 14, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The annual migration to Mexico of millions of orange-and-black monarch butterflies is one of the nation's cherished rituals. But it could come to a virtual halt if the insect's natural habitat is not urgently salvaged. That is the conclusion of a long list of scientists, artists and environmentalists who are calling on the leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada to act swiftly to protect butterfly breeding grounds. President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are to meet in Mexico next week to discuss economy, trade and other issues.
SCIENCE
December 10, 2013 | By Amina Khan
An incredibly rare butterfly orchid has been "rediscovered" on a volcano ridge in the Azores, a remote group of European islands, and scientists are naming it after the man who first found it nearly 200 years ago. The newly discovered Platanthera azorica , described in the journal PeerJ, is in serious need of environmental protection, the study authors write. The researchers had originally intended to study the orchid species on the Azores, a group of nine islands off the coast of the Iberian peninsula, to understand their origin.
FOOD
June 22, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila / Los Angeles Times
The stunning Côtes du Rhône "Petit Ours Brun" (little brown bear) tastes like a youthful Cornas. The grapes come from a parcel that winemaker Matthieu Barret calls "no man's land"; it lies just between the official boundaries of Cornas and St. Joseph. The wine is 100% Syrah from 40-year-old, low-yielding vines. Oh, and it's also certified biodynamic. The taste is cool fruit, earth, bruised blackberries and that indefinable wild quality that makes Syrah from this part of the Rhone pure magic.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
HTC has unveiled a large smartphone, the Butterfly S , that features the most powerful battery the company has ever packed into a mobile device. The Butterfly S is an upgrade of the Verizon Wireless-exclusive Droid DNA and will come with many of the same news, photo-shooting and video-capture features as the HTC One, which launched in the U.S. a couple of months ago. But at 5 inches, the Butterfly S towers over the 4.7-inch One or the 4.8-inch iPhone.  It also has a faster processor than the One. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Among the hardware specifications: 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600, 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, with a microSD expansion slot available.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
Featuring a glass atrium with 150 species, Butterfly Wonderland opens in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, on a five-acre parcel on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The new attraction brings a tropical rainforest environment right into the middle of the Arizona desert. Butterfly Wonderland will also feature educational laboratories, interactive exhibits, and a 3-D movie theater along with a gift shop and café. In addition to seeing more than 3,000 butterflies, visitors can stop by the Rivers of the Amazon to check out some aquatic life, an ant colony , and the Honey Bee Extravaganza exhibit that features of series of beehives (protected by glass, of course)
NEWS
December 3, 1987 | United Press International
Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Michoacan state after their yearly 3,600-mile journey from the Great Lakes, officials said.
NEWS
March 13, 2001 | Reuters
The government's environmental watchdog said Monday that millions of monarch butterflies, which migrate south each winter from Canada, had died from the cold weather rather than deliberate poisoning by loggers, as some environmentalists had alleged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Kris Jaro Hasson shot this photo of a butterfly on Monday at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She used a Canon S95. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery . Visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hard-core techies will probably hate hearing this, but Facebook Home, an Android interface for smartphones, will be a popular choice for heavy users of the social network. The interface rolls out Friday for certain Android devices alongside the launch of the HTC First, the first smartphone to come with Facebook Home pre-loaded. If you're frequently on Facebook and have one of the devices that can download the interface, you may want to check it out. Facebook Home pushes aside users' smartphone apps in exchange for emphasizing their Facebook friends.
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