Food and Wine, Mike Pomranz
The brewers believe this is the first time wild yeast has been collected from a rare butterfly.
It’s not every day I get my beer news from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s also not every day a beer is launched to raise money for butterfly conservation that is also brewed with yeast from those butterflies. But Frosted Elfin New England-Style Session Pale Ale — a collaboration between Florida’s First Magnitude Brewing and the Florida Museum of Natural History — apparently isn’t your everyday beer.
Butterflies Inspired and Helped Brew This Craft BeerGeek.com, Lee Mathews
Thirty years ago the frosted elfin butterfly could be found in forests from Ontario all the way down to Florida. These days it’s considered endangered in some states. Professor Jaret Daniels of the University of Florida figured it was time to raise public awareness about the plight of the frosted elfin. Daniels, who heads the Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History, felt like craft beer drinkers were a good demographic to engage.
On the hunt for elusive butterflies on Long IslandNewsday, Joan Gralla
A pair of interns had the weight of a butterfly nation on their shoulders this summer.
Searching grasslands from Montauk to Hempstead, American Conservation Experience interns John Buechel and Kelsey Law, both 24, working with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, identified 46 elusive frosted elfins. Just like bees, these butterflies are crucial pollinators, the interns stress.
Officials survey frosted elfin butterfly in R.I., which may need federal protectionProvidence Journal, Alex Kuffner
It stands to reason that any animal with the word “elfin” in its name would be hard to find. And so it proved one recent afternoon on a search for the frosted elfin, a tiny brown butterfly that lives only in the grassy fields in and around pine barrens. A team from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service went looking for the well-camouflaged insect across a rolling expanse tucked within the Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve one day last month, but their efforts over a couple of hours were fruitless.
As many Capital Region residents know, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to a rare type of butterfly called the Karner blue. But the unique landscape is also home to a species that the federal government wants to know more about. ... we’re also on the lookout for another rare species, the frosted elfin, a small brown butterfly.
It's been about two decades since the government project began to preserve New Hampshire's state butterfly, the Karner blue. Since then, the Karners have rebounded in their specially-conserved pine barrens near the Concord Municipal Airport.
Now, scientists are turning their attention to another butterfly in the same area. The research is shedding light on the wider effects that this kind of habitat preservation can have. The frosted elfin butterfly doesn't look nearly as fancy as its name suggests. It's small, no bigger than a quarter, with mousy brown wings and little black spots.
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