The butterfly says … “who”? This is the giant owl butterfly. Not only has it evolved to look like half a bird, but the detail! The glint of “light” off the false eye. Wow. Evolution is so cool. (at California Academy of Sciences)
It’s lovely to see that Franz Kafka’s work being recognized. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the aforementioned author’s famous work, The Metamorphosis, about a young salesman named Gregor who is mysteriously transformed into a bug-like creature. (It would be wise to note that the cause of Gregor’s transformation is never investigated.)
13 Species of Thecla (genus) butterflies from Insecta. Lepidoptera-Rhopalocera of Biologia Centrali-Americana, an encyclopedia of natural history of Central America. A landmark and still often-cited work, Smithsonian Libraries has digitized 58 volumes that you can explore at electronic Biologia Centrali-Americana.