Probosci

Well it is “Probosci and the small question of my fee”

There is no such thing as a free lunch.

You know that and today my Butterflies are finding out. It was hard work fetching them nettles every day and I got stung a lot so in return I want a few pictures.

I set up a little waiting place for them to sit as they summon up the courage to take off into the wild….Stageand I started Β taking pictures.

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock ButterflyThen I noticed something rather odd about this Butterfly. It has probosci Β rather than a probscis.

Peacock ButterflyI know that this is coming from the fellow who brought you a Faerie just two days ago but these are genuine photographs of a Butterfly with two tongues.

I have never seen this before but then I have led a sheltered life.

Peacock Butterfly Peacock Butterfly Peacock Butterfly

I started this post this morning and I couldn’t finish it because I did not understand my own photographs, I posted my pictures to some experts and took a two headed dog for a walk. I live in a world of fantastic creatures.

I have had no response from the experts. I took some more pictures of my Butterfly’s tongue or rather tongues.

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock ButterflyThey seem to be fusing together and almost look like a normal tongue now.

So that is the mystery, now what about my fee?

Peacock ButterflyI won’t go into a sermon but I am in awe of the beauty of these animals, they make me want to sing hymns. I didn’t create this, well, I carried it in my room (which rhymes with womb) for a month or so but really I just pointed my stick at it. Something else created this. All of my pictures are free.

PAY ME!

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

That will do nicely, I am cheap. Take care my little friend.

For the rest of the summer this little animal will drive me nuts every time I try to approach it but today it is mine. πŸ™‚

There is something that I have got to add before I post this. The Butterfly with two tongues is not looking healthy. It is comfortable and sitting by the window but hasn’t made any attempt to leave and it has been there for about five hours now. I think that I am looking at some sort of genetic abnormality that may go deeper than just having two tongues. So it goes. We released a lot of animals today.

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26 thoughts on “Probosci”

  1. strangely I’ve read there is an ancient tradition where people split their tongues in half deliberately to be able to play something which looks like a dual wooden flute; hopefully our ‘unusual’ friend will become a butterfly bard πŸ™‚

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      1. It was in an old fiction story; though I have since discovered that some people in the real world actually do this. I guess I just felt sorry for the butterfly, maybe he wont be able to eat properly so may die 😦

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    1. Not unless they invented digital cameras before I was born πŸ™‚ Today we can see details that the human eye doesn’t normally pick up on and that is wonderful. I expect the origin of that phrase was something much more obvious. Thanks for the comment Hien πŸ™‚

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  2. It’s hard keeping up with all your posts! 😦
    But they are so much fun to wander around in. πŸ™‚
    You have rewarded me for coming to your blog. Great camera skill combined with gorgeous topics makes for a wonderful read here in the U.S.

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  3. While observing creatures in the wild, one sometimes pick up some oddities along the way. This observation about the two-tongued butterfly might be of interest to the Science world because the anomaly might have been caused by an ulterior factor. Good eye my friend! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you HJ πŸ™‚ So far I have had little interest or explanation from the experts. A simple genetic defect I think. This Butterfly didn’t survive all of the others were fine.

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