Stranger In An Even Stranger Land - blog by Gurdur

 




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Extreme camouflage - the Dead-Leaf Butterfly, Indian Leafwing or Orange Oak-Leaf (Kallima inachus or Kallima paralekta)

Posted 03-Aug-2011 at 06:00 PM (18:00) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Aug-2011 at 06:07 PM (18:07) by Gurdur

On my recent trip to London, the Natural History Museum and its Butterfly House, I found a really stunning example of camouflage among the butterflies, one that looked exactly like a dead leaf. The museum's own guide to its butterflies was of no help at all in identifying it; that guide doesn't seem to have quite a lot of butterfly species present in the Butterfly House. By accident and diligent searching, I found that this butterfly is most likely one of the Kallima species, probably either an...
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Boy with butterfly - Blue Morpho, Morpho peleides (Blauer Morphofalter)

Posted 27-Jul-2011 at 06:12 PM (18:12) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

There are very few times I am really happy with the photographs I take; but the following ones are satisfactory, especially when you consider they are not posed, pre-arranged or in any way abetted in the slightest, and were taken on the run. These were taken inside the Sensational Butterflies exhibition, the Butterfly House of the Natural History Museum, on my trip to London, on the 14th of July this year. I've also never been good with photgraphing people; you ask them to stand, they freeze and...
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Progess report on trip to London so far, especially for Never and IAmWombat, and anyone with anything against Lambeth Palace

Posted 15-Jul-2011 at 06:40 AM (06:40) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 18-Jul-2011 at 03:20 PM (15:20) by Gurdur

So I'm in London, and it's very early in the morning; I have to go outside the hotel to smoke which is an extremely unsatisfactory way of life and work. One needs to go downstairs, outside, chain-smoke until one reaches a stage of acute nicotine-poisoning, which is not fun, come back inside and start working on my laptop again while hoping my nicotine level doesn't drop too sharply too quickly. Ugh!

Well, yesterday, I managed to get to the Butterfly House of the Natural History Museum....
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I will be visiting London today and tomorrow -- meet-ups very welcome!

Posted 14-Jul-2011 at 05:29 AM (05:29) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 15-Jul-2011 at 06:17 AM (06:17) by Gurdur

I will be flying into London today, and spending today and tomorrow there, flying out Saturday. On Friday evening I will be going to Maggi Dawn's book launch; today and tomorrow I would really like to go see the Greenwich Meridian site, together with its associated National Maritime Museum, and also I really want to visit the Natural History Museum, together with its Butterfly House - including the very recently hatched "gynandromorph", hermaphrodite butterfly (and also see this old blog post of...
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A quick note on the butterfly house at the Natural History Museum, London, UK

Posted 06-Apr-2011 at 10:36 PM (22:36) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 06-Apr-2011 at 11:33 PM (23:33) by Gurdur

There is now a butterfly house -- where the butterflies are actually bred (well, hatched from sent-in eggs at least) -- at the Natural History Museum, London. Well-worth a visit!

There is a good piece in the Guardian by Patrick Barkham and Camilla Turner on the butterfly house and exhibition at the Natural History Museum; it does have an oddity in it, the description of the Julia Butterfly (Dryas iulia); the Guardian article describes it as:

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"... Dryas iulia, which will
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Today is Charles Darwin Day! As important as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and vice versa

Posted 12-Feb-2011 at 07:12 PM (19:12) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 12-Feb-2011 at 10:27 PM (22:27) by Gurdur

Today is Charles Darwin Day, and it -- like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- is something everyone should celebrate. Darwin's discoveries of natural selection and evolution through such selective mechanisms were not completely new when he made them; several others were working towards the same discoveries, and an apiarist (a beekeeper) actually wrote down a fair description of evolution soon before Darwin did, but it was Darwin who did the most work and research of most of the naturaliists at the...
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