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 [ https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/37480875 ].
Recently your humble correspondent had the opportunity to taste some hard cider from the old college town.
Your humble not a cider expert or enthusiast, but this cider did taste good to your humble's untrained palate.
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.)
@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. 🙂
@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.
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.
@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. 🙂
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