Articles: butterflies

Wildlife in Mexico

Viva Natura: A Field Guide to the Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals of Western Mexico author Petr Myska talks here on Steve Dale’s Other World podcast about how, as a tourist in Mexico, you might take a day trip to see and swim with whale sharks or sea turtles or walk through a jungle with monkeys and…

Flying Cat is Worried

Q: My 4-year-old cat is afraid of his own shadow. During the winter, we fly south, taking the cat along with us in the cabin of the plane. The first time, I gave him a tranquilizer, which worked. The second time, the same drug made him crazy; he scratched and his eyes rolled back in…

Monarch Butterfly Disappearing

The Monarch butterfly is disappearing as a result of a triple punch of  disappearing habitat in Mexico, disappearing milkweed in the U.S., and the Polar vortex. Scientists say they are  seriously alarmed by the butterfly’s current situation. The migrating population has become so small — perhaps 35 million, experts guess — that the prospects of its rebounding…

Steve Dale's Pet World Kicks off Sunday Mornings, Including Funny Lady Caryn Bark

Steve Dale’s Pet World – my first WGN Radio Sunday program (September 15 at 6:30 AM CDT). Listen HERE if you missed it.  I took your phone calls, and told the story about how Killian the dog discovered the babysitter was abusing the child, and found a way to warn the parents. Moral of this…

Butterflies Nurse Turtle Tears

What makes a turtle cry? What do you get when you cross a turtle with a porcupine? A slow poke. No question – jokes like that may make a turtle cry. And since there’s no tissue in the Amazon for turtles, scientists have discovered that butterflies nurse their tears. Butterflies in the Amazon are hard-pressed…

Plant a Milkweed, Help Save the Endangered Monarch Butterfly

I saw a monarch butterfly the other day. It occurred to me, it’s the first one I saw this year…and then clicked on the magic place we call Google. It turns out, the monarch population has been cut in half, and that’s conservative. In fact, if you have young kids – their kids may only…

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