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Month: November, 2010

Butterfly Sex

by Squido~

at about 5:45 i went outside to out hills hoist to put up the second batch of my washing and take down the first. as i began pegging my clothes up, i noticed a butterfly on the underside of my new sports bra. upon closer inspection, i discovered two. they were mating. on the underside of the elastic band of my brand new bright orange sports bra. i watched them for a bit. one had the end of its thorax inside the other’s. they were facing away from each other, both seemingly oblivious to the fact that i was there. i told them both that i would take the bra down last and if they were still there by then, i was going to have to evict them.

so i hung my washing and took down the dried clothes for about 15 minutes. they were there the entire time. when i had finished, i went back to the butterflies. i don’t think they moved at all. the wind was blowing quite violently and the bra had been moving quite vigorously with it, but the two had maintained their positions, notwithstanding.

i poked them once and they ignored me. i reached out to poke them again but the one facing me began edging away from my finger before i could touch it. the other one moved with it. i chased them in a small circle with my finger on the inside of the elastic band of my bright orange sports bra. i gave up.

took the pegs off, took the bra down, went to a nearby tree trunk and scraped the two butterfly lovers off with the aid of the rough peeling bark. and they stayed in the same position the entire time. i noticed they hadn’t left a trace on my bra.

that process took at least 15 minutes, and who knows how long they were on there before it? so what i wonder is this: is it intrinsically embedded in the nature of (those two) butterflies that mating, and thus maintaining the survival of their species, outweighs the importance of the survival of the individual creature? know that i wasn’t intending any harm in observing so closely, or even poking them, but were i in their position i would feel threatened and instinctively try to flee. but on the other hand, the butterfly’s most prevalent features are bright, striking patterned wings, undoubtedly to help them attract mates (Darwin’s theory of sexual selection, i think). they are easily prey for birds, bats, spiders, whatever eats them (i don’t really know). i’m not even sure if the two insects i was observing were butterflies or not, but they were black-bodied, had black wings with translucent orange spots and a furry thorax that ended in a yellow-oramge tip (female, as far as i could tell).
one more question bugging me (haha) – why my bright orange sports bra? was it because it was new, orange, or because it provided a convenient shelter? Amongst the washing there, there was also bright blue, fading yellows and reds, white and black, and some colours in between. can butterflies differentiate between colours? are they attracted to some more than others? could they tell that the bra was opened at one end and sense that it was more stable? i think they do perceive colour; why else would some flowers be so bright and colourful? however, i don’t know if they see the same way humans do.

i don’t plan to look into any of this and make a huge scientific research project out of it or anything, but i will leave this topic open to opinions, facts and discussion. contributions are welcome :) (yes, i’m being lazy).

summer lethargy

by bezzle

I am totally in the summer mood!  Make that Christmas too!

School feels redundant now, because I don’t think anyone can be bothered doing anything now. 

I’m beginning to realise what a manga otaku I’m becoming.  I see manga plotlines in all these random situations O_____O maybe this is slightly unhealthy.

Fingers crossed we’ll find a blog theme to stay with for another long time.

So now, have a 3OH!3 song filled with lots of girls in bikinis.  The cool part is how the video clip is like a massive website 8D and the song is catchyyyy.

OH and if you’ve watched the Telephone music video (how can you not have!) you might notice the prison warden going on the dating website plentyoffish.com – which also features in this clip xD

I love the chorus to this song…

If you love me let me go
Back to that bar in Tokyo
Where the demons from my past
Leave me in peace
I’ll be animating every night
The grass will be greener on the other side
And the Vampires and Wolves
Won’t sink their teeth

Victor’s quote corner:

Skill without imagination is craftmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets.  Imagination without skill gives us modern art.” – Tom Stoppard

funky.

by car.

love that word. funky smell. funky taste. FUNKY THEME, GUYS ;]

and you owe me a llama (:

what a completely random post.

venality

by cloudier

n., pl., -ties.

  1. The condition of being susceptible to bribery or corruption.
  2. The use of a position of trust for dishonest gain.

jejune

by cloudier

adj. 

  1. Not interesting; dull: “and there pour forth jejune words and useless empty phrases” (Anthony Trollope).
  2. Lacking maturity; childish: surprised by their jejune responses to our problems.
  3. Lacking in nutrition: a jejune diet.

[From Latin iēiūnus, meager, dry, fasting.]