Jul 24, 2013

Nature Builds a Burning Bridge

Carlton dropped the pot on his foot but the pain didn't register. He could only hear the buzzing.

Butterflies can't scream. Small favors. A squad of beewolves zoomed around Carlton's head, landing on his flower-winged friends, impaling them, taking them away. Butterflies can't scream.

by Shadow Chen

Tip o' the hat to Justin Zimmer for sharing this great video on Google+.

Fun Facts About Flutterbies:

Queen Alexandra's Birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world, reaching a wing span of 31 cm (about 12 inches). Walter Rothschild named these butterflies after Alexandra of Denmark in 1907. Oh, and they're poisonous, so keep your hands to yourself. I mean, that's what I would do.

Male of the species.
Photo by Robert Nash

Now the Western Pygmy Blue sits at the opposite end of the scale, boasting a proud wing span of half an inch. It's the smallest butterfly in North America.

Photo by Stickpen

Some butterflies have false heads. Others have 'eye spots' on their wings. Yet others sneak into your left ear at night and burrow into your brain, where they lay their goopy eggs and wait for them to hatch. Like the Alien Queen from the movies. Hang on, butterflies don't do that. Mushrooms do.

Not-so-fun fact: Bees are dying en masse.

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