Today I am going to talk about a subject that I know a little bit about.
We can’t all be perfect.
Actually, you can shut up! I am talking about Butterflies.
At least the Dog is enjoying herself.
A few years ago I found this Dragonfly.
It is a female Black-tailed Skimmer and one of it’s wings is badly misshapen, at the time I didn’t know why but I found out.
Yesterday I found this beautiful Butterfly in a similar situation.
What has happened is that her wing has failed to inflate properly.
When a Butterfly emerges from it’s chrysalis it’s wings are crumpled and folded against it’s body. It has to find a place to hang and it pumps fluid through the wings to inflate them and once inflated the excess fluid is drained off and the Butterfly has to wait for it’s wings to dry. The whole process can take several hours.
This time something has gone wrong and one of her wings has failed to inflate properly.
This Butterfly could still fly though and it didn’t seem too troubled by it’s slight imperfection.
Here is the perfect state, the imago.
Okay, I have just got to take the Dog for a walk…. 🙂