Friday 30 October 2015

A Green Bottle Blue Tarantula from Venezuela at Butterfly World!

The Sunflower Head Harvest

The Sunflower Harvest

There is beauty in decay.
The sunflower's yellow cartwheel
Of summer is only a memory,
The heads bow now with seed,
Arching to scatter before
The harvesters' guillotine ends them.
The heads are sculptural,
A maze of chambers of precious
Progeny; brown, protective,
Muted in design, but generous.

Wednesday 21 October 2015

A Gynandromorph Butterfly (exactly half male and half female)

The full name of this butterfly is a Papilionidae Lowii
- an Asian Swallowtail. It has  been 'born' exactly half male 
and half female ( a gynandromorph). The female half
is the more colourful half on the right hand side and
although it is difficult to see even the body is half black
 (male) and half yellow-ish.This very rare occurrence took
 place at Butterfly World, St Albans. 

"Where the bee sucks...."