Friday, April 2, 2010

obligatory butterfly picture

This is Urbanus proteus, or Long-Tailed Skipper butterfly, feeding on nectar from a flower. You can see the proboscis, sort of like a straw crossed with a tongue, sticking into the flower. Skippers are somewhat more related to moths than most other butterflies and they have antennae (the plural of antenna) with hooked clubs at the end, which you can also see in the picture. Most people don't know that there are more than ten times as many moths as there are butterflies, and it's difficult to believe because most people have seen more butterflies because butterflies come out in the daytime and are relatively large. Also, many people think of butterflies as important pollinators of plants, but they are relatively insignificant compared to bees and some moths. While butterflies are pretty, and of course important because they are one of the "little things that run the world", they are not anywhere near as numerous or important as their relatives, the moths.

1 comment:

  1. "little things" haha if there weren't butterflies there wouldn't be alot of entomologists, so you're right on that one.
    beetles are much cooler and are plenty reason for entomology :)