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HUAEAHEAUAEA by badpicsofbugsetc
A tiger in Bannerghatta Park, Karnataka, India.

No, I don't know what kind of tiger. Who cares about mammals anyway? There's, like, only five and a half thousand species of them. Really, you should be glad I didn't call it a fieldmouse!

Anyway, the park is pretty good, with a safari, a zoo, and a butterfly house.…
Raider by badpicsofbugsetc
A plague inside your home, I’m raider
Defiling all you own, raider
A cat among the crows, I’m raider
The butcher and his prose, I’m raider

(Steven Wilson)

A nine-spotted moth (Amata phegea, běloskvrnáč pampeliškový). This was taken in the shade and the picture ended up with a sinister atmosphere, so I decided to go with that for a change. It makes the moth look like it could be a Grim Reaper of bumblebees, say, even though it's otherwise a beautiful and jolly organism.
Flares Away! by badpicsofbugsetc
Flares Away!
In combat aviation, pilots have the option to fire decoy flares to get rid of a heat-seeking missile or similar weapon. It's interesting how butterflies essentially do the same thing. Of course, they don't literally fire flares, but a large part of their body is the flare. A predator may bite and peck at the wings, but they break off, and the insect escapes unscathed.

Here we see an Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon, otakárek fenyklový) that's made good use of its flares. In fact, if you compare this with other photos, you will find this species has distinctive red and blue spots at the ends of its under wings, and in this individual they are completely gone, as is one of its "swallow tails". Clearly the butterfly's colours do a good job diverting the attention of predators to the peripheral parts of the wings.


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