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Monarch Caterpillars Common Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2012Milkweed Munching Monarchs

Although scientists have long known that the toxic sap that flows through milkweed veins, called cardenolides, can make a bird very sick if it attempts to eat a Monarch caterpillar, it was unclear whether the butterfly’s acquired adaption to the toxicity was a side effect that allowed the caterpillar to eat the milkweed or had developed separately as a defensive mechanism against predators. A Cornell University study recently published in Proceedings B of The Royal Society Publishing reveals that they have indeed evolved to weaponize milkweed toxins! Thank you so much to Maggie Rosa for sharing “The Scientist” article and you can read more about it here. 

“Monarch butterfly caterpillars have evolved the ability to store toxins known as cardenolides, obtained from their milkweed diet, specifically to make themselves poisonous to birds, as has at least one other species of milkweed-munching caterpillar, according to a study published Wednesday (November 4) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

“This finding is fascinating and novel,” Stephen Malcolm, a professor at Western Michigan University who studies cardenolides but was not involved in the new research, wrote in an email to The Scientist. “It is exciting to have evidence for the importance of top-down influences from predators.” Continue Reading

Please join me Thursday evening, November 12th, at 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library for my illustrated talk, Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Meadow monarch caterpillar ©Kim Smith 2015

Meadow Anderson and Monarch Caterpillar

This Weekend in the Arts

The Art and Life of Peter Vincent

Gallery talk by Eoin Vincent

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present The Art and Life of Peter Vincent, a gallery talk given by his nephew Eoin Vincent on Saturday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m. Eoin is a native of Rockport, MA and a professional photographer. This program is free for CAM members and $10 for nonmembers (includes admission). Space is limited. Reservations required. For more information please email or call (978) 283-0455 x10.

Tickets can be reserved/purchased online at Eventbrite.

Image Credit: Peter Vincent, Georges Men, c. 1995, acrylic on masonite

Image Credit: Peter Vincent, Georges Men, c. 1995, acrylic on masonite

Eoin’s gallery talk is part of a series of gallery talks surrounding the Cape Ann Museum’s new exhibit, “Vincent, Weaver, Gorvett: Gloucester, Three Visions” which features the work of Peter Vincent, Jeff Weaver and Don Gorvett. Before passing away in 2012, Peter Vincent had gained a solid reputation as one of New England’s most well regarded marine artists. Eoin will discuss his uncle’s life and work in the intimate setting of the Cape Ann Museum’s special exhibitions gallery in which Peter’s work is currently shown.


Flatrocks Gallery will host a demonstration by artist Debbie Clarke

Sunday, November 8th at 4 pm.

Debbie Clarke-Above Sargent

 “Action painting, sometimes called “gestural abstraction”, is a style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied.” Debbie Clarke describes it as gesture drawing; except with paint, embracing the the concrete movement and relationship of shape, form, color, light. It is not haphazard and the paint is carefully applied as dictated through careful observation of the subject at hand.

Debbie will demonstrate her approach through several quick studies of 5 to 20 minute observations, a limited palette of red,white,blue and black, a few big brushes, a palette knife, soft pastels and egg. The painting will be raffled off with a suggested offering of $10. (All proceeds go to the artist).


No shave November Breast Cancer Awareness

Saturday, November 7 from 7-10pm +

Wear a mustache and receive 10% off any purchase!
Live Jazz: Adams ~ Stone ~ Levine Trio
Catering by Passports of Gloucester
Artist demos by Shawn Smith and Shin Maeng
Excited to present our newest artist, Ron Pruett
Raffles and more!

Please join us at G19 located at the corner of Broadway and School Street, Rockport.
Next to the Rockport House of Pizza. Call for more info: 978-290-1411

Gang of Thieves Tonight Minglewoodtavern Atlat 9pm 11.6.2015 . Vermont’s Premier Funk Rock and Roll Band

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Ya, A Premier Funk Rock and Roll Band, Indeed!
p.s. a few of my favorite songs right here >


25 Rogers Street

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-0223



A lobster boat caught fire off the coast of Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Friday morning according to the United States Coast Guard.

They say the operator of the “Dawn Breaker” attempted to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher, but could not keep up with the flames.

The operator contacted officials with his exact location after activating a personal locator beacon, then jumped from the 28-foot ship. A good samaritan aboard a skiff safely pulled him out of the water in less than 15 minutes.

The operator was brought back to shore, where he was evaluated by EMTs.

It is unclear how the ship caught fire, but the Coast Guard called the operator a “true professional mariner” and said he did everything right after the mishap.

From NECN and CBSLocal

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