Time once again for one of my erratic collections of interesting nature and wildlife links – articles, photos, and more! Enjoy, and please share any interesting links of your own in the comments.
- In addition to being a writer, Vladimir Nabokov was a major butterfly enthusiast. Check out his beautiful drawings of made-up butterfly species for his wife and this lovely poem about describing a new butterfly species. “Dark pictures, thrones, the stones that pilgrims kiss, poems that take a thousand years to die, but ape the immortality of this red label on a little butterfly.”
- This comic about jumping spider mating dances is pretty much the best thing ever.
- Bad news for already-endangered Siberian Tigers – they’re experiencing a serious outbreak of canine distemper virus.
- Look closely at this infographic about the Monarch butterfly from the website of Orkin, the pest-control company. Something is wrong. Something is very, very wrong.
- Different species of pitcher plants have different strategies for capturing insects, and it depends on whether they live in wet or dry habitats.
- Apparently it’s a thing to photoshop arms onto birds. Because internet.
- Darwin’s kid drew adorable doodles on his manuscript of On The Origin of Species. Aww.
- I learned this week that snapping turtles are becoming established in Oregon (probably through people making unwise pet choices and then releasing them). An alligator snapper was recently found in a reservoir in a town a couple hours west of here.
- And finally, the morning that EPA employees got to back to work after the government shutdown, Joe Biden brought them muffins. Oh Joe Biden. Good ol’ crazy uncle Joe.
Next stop… the weekend!