Bryan's Posts About Butterflies

The Virtue in Uncertainty

Lessons from the lovely, confusing butterflies here in my backyard — and most likely in yours.

Little Brown Butterflies and the Pandemic

Finding refuge from the coronavirus pandemic among rare brown butterflies and remote northern bogs.

Orange and Metal

Orangetip and metalmark butterflies, their charisma, coronavirus, and the human condition this coming spring.

Butterflies in Tribute to Darwin and Lincoln

Butterflies in celebration of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln, each born on this day 211 years ago.

Insects and Impeachment

Pygmy dragonflies, charismatic butterflies, atomic bombs and toxic politics.

Flowers and Light

New research on butterfly evolution helps explain the force that drove these insects from the darkness into the light.

The Monarch Monsoon

A Monarch on its way to Mexico would seem to have no legitimate business 10 miles out to sea. Try telling that to the thousands of Monarchs here in the Gulf of Maine on Monhegan Island.

The Extinction of Meaning

Now that the Trump administration has advanced its plan to weaken the Endangered Species Act, here’s my essay, first published at Medium.com, about our fading ties to wildlife and wild places. 

Messin’ With Texas

To leave Vermont in summertime is to take leave of your senses. But here’s my justification: a shock-and-awe dragonfly.

Of Black Flies and Bog Fritillaries

When you time your visit just right, about when the black flies and mosquitoes unite to defend their bogs from the likes of you, there is nothing better on earth than a Bog Fritillary.

What’s Next: Green Alert

The slow-motion spring across the northern forest now moves into a season of diversity, abundance and flight.

Sex and Mayhem in a Pond

If you ever needed proof that females bear the worst when it comes to reproduction, here it is: Wood Frog amplexus. This is not murder and mayhem. It is mayhem and mating. We’ve got the video.