Hello. This is my new Mastodon account for posting images. I post as @sohkamyung but due to issues with images (not that instance's fault), I've set up another account here to post my images instead.

For my first image post, here's a Tailed Jay (Graphium agamemnon) spotted at the garden area of Pasir Ris Park, Singapore, on 11 Jan 2020.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/3 ].

Recently your humble correspondent had the opportunity to taste some hard cider from the old college town.

oliverwinery.com/wine/beanblos

Your humble not a cider expert or enthusiast, but this cider did taste good to your humble's untrained palate.

Rudy dog was in the best Christmas spirits today πŸŽ„

Found a rather sad-looking objet d'art in a parking lot.

Their one wing is missing, and they looks lonely and beaten and dragged around. And those haunting eyes!

Some kind soul found them, moved them to a slightly more dignified position in a corner of the lot, away from harm.

Here's to kind souls! Kind souls make the world go around.

@MonogamousMetal Males are peacocks, females are peahens, the general name is peafowl, as I understand it.

Also they are not native to the US; various species are native to Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and central Africa.

They were introduced in the US by humans, so I guess population decline is not necessarily a bad thing.

The other day I learned about Spalding peafowls, which is a cross-breed of Indian Blue (pavo cristatus) and Green (pavo muticus) peafowls.

A teenager from Wisconsin told me this on iNaturalist website. According to them, this group blocking the street in a south Miami neighborhood has both Indian and Spalding peafowls.

(Thank you, raymie.)

This hermit crab did not like your humble correspondent's meddling in its business, even for a short photo session, so your humble immediately, very respectfully, set it down right back where it originally was.

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(Biscaye National Park, Florida.)

A family portrait.

🐒 🐒 🐒

(Seen in Everglades National Park, Florida.)

Hey coconut tree,
Whatever happened to you?

... oh.

(Seen in Biscayne National Park, Florida.)

@samyukth Yes, I get it. There's no end to how deep and fascinating things can be, once you start paying attention.

Even a humble piece of rock has an astounding geological history, and I know very little of it, when I pause to think about it. πŸ™‚

@samyukth Parts of the book is in Google Books! Try and see if it is your sort of thing before you go through all the trouble of finding a copy.

books.google.ca/books?id=PAhpD

This book was interesting for me because I was watching it firsthand: we had milkweed plants growing right by our old house's front door and we had a steady stream of monarchs and other milkweed users from spring through fall.

It is an excellent book, if a bit dense in information, and I took a long time to finish reading it.

@samyukth Agrawal also talks about similar parallel co-evolution around the planet, between similar plant and butterfly species.

I borrowed my copy from a library and I don't have it anymore, so I'm not sure if the book mentions french cotton. I wonder who this plant's evolutionary mates/foes would be.

Foxglove plants also have similar toxicity. Foxglove apparently was prescribed to Van Gogh, which affected his vision, so his later paintings are more yellow.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/700767

@samyukth This looks quite like the common milkweed found in north America, on which monarch butterfly larvae feed exclusively, so I looked it up.

French cotton is "calotropis procera", and common milkweed is "asclepias syriaca". They're both of the family "apocynaceae".

For milkweed plants monarchs are a pest; that sticky latex is the plant's defense. The story of their co-evolution is super interesting! I'd recommend Anurag Agrawal's book, if you're interested. πŸ™‚

press.princeton.edu/books/hard

Look at this happy face πŸ’€

(Seen in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.)

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