entire Flickr photostream is devoted to butterflies, because he's an "ardent butterfly lover".
Nabokov Butterfly Theory Is Vindicated
"Nabokov came up with a sweeping hypothesis for the evolution of the butterflies he studied, a group known as the Polyommatus blues
. He envisioned them coming to the New World from Asia over millions of years in a series of waves. Few professional lepidopterists took these ideas seriously during Nabokov’s lifetime. But in the years since his death in 1977, his scientific reputation has grown. And over the past 10 years, a team of scientists has been applying gene-sequencing technology to his hypothesis about how Polyommatus blues evolved. On Tuesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, they reported
that Nabokov was absolutely right."
The Insect Close-ups Flickr Pool
is full of fascinating pictures. There are all kinds of wonderful images to be found, of spiders
, water striders
and those superstars of the insect world, bees
. You can also search a map
for pictures by location. If you want to take your own bug photographer Mark Plonsky has written a short how-to guide
. He has taken some pretty great photographs of insects
Graffiti for Butterflies
[via mefi projects
] Making signposts and rest areas to help monarch butterflies on their journey.
Help Wanted: Exorcist
Although I would prefer more Monarch Butterflies
, their utility is more visible to me, but perhaps we're just seeing an evolution of the god gene
. David Brooks, apparently moving away from his neocon pals, has posted a different help wanted ad
while some triumphant right wing Evangelicals are planning a different kind of recruiting.
'Provided for your delight are a small number of the world's butterflies and moths, taken from Dru Drury's three-volume monograph entitled Illustrations of Exotic Entomology.'
Related :- Schreber's Fabulous Beasts.
'In 1774 Johann Christian Dan Schreber authored a multivolume set of books entitled Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen. Focusing on mammals of the world, these books were lavishly illustrated with 755 hand-colored plates ... '
It took the Smithsonian author and naturalist Kjell B. Sandved 24 years to find all the letters that went into the butterfly alphabet
. Along the way he found butterfly wings imprinted with salutations
, happy faces
, and threatening
expressions on wings
and flowers with menacing expressions
that say "Do Not Eat Me". Explore the site yourself by going directly to the gallery
without looking at all of the images I've linked to, or read the story
of how Sandved discovered his magnificent obsession.
Butterfly farming, whether it's to provide live, captive-bred butterflies
or framed insects
, is a way for people to generate income by nurturing rainforest habitat rather than cutting it down
. It's happening in places like Costa Rica
, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. But you can also raise butterflies yourself
Loggers Said to Wipe Out 22 Million Butterflies
It appears that 22 million Monarch butterflies were illegally slaughtered through the use of pesticide in two Mexican butterfly sanctuaries so that loggers can have more forest to tear down. This makes me sick... how can people do stuff like this?
I used to raise lepidoptera as a kid. Other people still do
, and some even sell livestock