Meh. Something. Something. ecology, microclimates etc etc yknow the usual stuff I preach about sustainable environments. This pic was taken in a forest 2 hrs from melbourne. Most people don't realize that the environment isn't an abstract concept for a city dweller; it's a cycle you inadvertently play a part of every time you drive a car, eat a sandwich or clear some land for a house. Our impact can be prolonged and essentially still destructive while still allowing a biome to function albeit on a limited level. With a world reaching 7 billion people finding an Australian forest butterfly 2 hours from a 4 million person city will not just be an instagram moment but a relevant factor in the pollination of our food and untimatley the survival of our species.
A sharp looking Megachile from Yosemite National Park. Megachile melanophaea is a bee that runs all across the arctic, the northern parts of the East and down the mountains in the West. Unlike many northern species is does not seem to be interested in the Appalachians. While I don't know about all its various looks across its range in the Northeast it mostly have black pollen carrying hairs with a smallish patch of ochre/orange hairs....this specimen though is much more extensively in the burnt orange color universe...a nice look I think. Part of Claire Kremen's project in the higher elevations of Yosemite National Park in California.
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"There are no lines in nature, only areas of color, one against another." -Edouard Manet .
You only need to look at the underside (photo two) of a Green June Bug (Cotinis nitida) to figure that out, Edouard. But really, we could all learn a thing or two about color schemes from this, or ..actually any, member of the Scarab beetle family. Their magnificent colors are created using a liquid crystal structure. Hmmm...where have we heard of that before??? 🤔 Oh yeah! LCD...liquid crystal display. That screen which you are likely looking through.📱Pretty freaking fancy, eh? And bugs did it first. 🐞
Butterfly and flower. An interaction which has persisted for millions of years.
A Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly pollinating a Brown-eyed Susan (Gailardia aristata). This very common butterfly's larvae feed on Asteraceae (Daisy family), which this flower is part of.
Some sort of cleft headed looper — this guy was about 3cm. He saw the camera and asked me if I did portraits. Honestly, I was about to tell him that I didn’t when he started doing a perfect #Nosferatu imitation -- so I obliged. You did see that movie, didn't you? It is one of my favorites. It was made in 1922 and directed by F. W. #Murnau . It starred the very strange #MaxSchreck as the #vampire#CountOrlok . ⠀