I find the natural world around me curious. I suppose were I to have looked at life in such detail previously I may have been just as intrigued by it. But maybe not. I’m grateful that I live in a place filled with such biodiversity that it has awakened my awareness.
When I photograph flora and fauna, I sometimes google the subject to find out more. If it’s a bird, I hit Wikipedia and try to identify the species. If it’s an insect, I generally don’t bother since, in the realm of butterflies alone, there are between 15,000 to 20,000 worldwide. However, after photographing yesterday’s butterflies, I became curious about something. Namely, what are those weird antennae-like things I’ve been seeing on the tail ends of butterflies in the yard? Prior to living here, I had never seen them or, if I had, I never took notice.
So I hit wikipedia to see what’s up. The butterflies with the unusual tails fall into the Lycaenidae family and just over 30 years ago (which seems relatively recent to me) a “false head” hypothesis was proposed to suggest that it’s a defense mechanism against predators. Interesting.
I have often seen butterflies here (not of the lycaenidae family) with their wings missing fragments near the end of their tails. Two and two: I’m putting them together.
As I began skimming through info about the lycaenid butterflies, I then learned that they sometimes have a relationship/association with ants. This type of inter-species relationship is referred to as Mymecophily. I found this particularly interesting because there was some strange activity in the almond tree that I saw recently (before it was pruned) and couldn’t figure out what was happening.
I still don’t know what’s going on here, but at least I have a clue. An entomologist can probably look at the picture and figure out what’s up.
Not that any of this matters, I don’t believe. It’s just curious to me, filling some of my time here.
On an unrelated note, I’ve noticed that the color green is dominating my photographs lately more than blue has in the past. I’m not entirely comfortable with that fact. I feel that happiness transmits through the color blue very well in photographs. Green… I just don’t know. Too, I think more and more about moving deeper into the rainforest away from hordes of people. In doing so, I worry that I might surround myself with even more green and less blue. This is an irrational concern. I should probably be more concerned about isolation than colors. Because these types of thoughts will just run even more rampant in my head.