Here comes a new series and I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited! 🐝🐜🐞🦋🦟
I still remember when we inherited an insect collection from our neighbor when her husband died. I was like 6 years old or something like that. Well, to be honest it was given to my brother. I was a girl and I was supposed to have a herbarium, you know… 🙄 But he shared it with me. Lol, I’m kidding of course. We never shared anything, we were fighting like crazy over EVERYTHING. 😂 He wouldn’t have even let me look at it if it was up to him. But we were sharing a room so he couldn’t completely separate me from his belongings, so…. Anyway, I had mixed feelings about these dead insects we also shared our room with all of a sudden, but I was just as excited as I am today. I felt disgusted and curious at the same time. And I feel the same way now.
Of course, having an actual insect collection is just impossible. Imagine how could I pin living insects to a frame if I feel sorry to pick flowers for my herbarium. 🤭 Having and actual insectarium is also impossible. We already share our home with 8 pets and several spiders (actual living house spiders who decided to move in with us), and we lack space, time and willing to take care of more living beings. BUT, I figured out that I can collect insects just like I collect flowers, by taking pictures of them, identifying them and sharing everything I’ve learned about them here with you.
So, instead of this:
Why not collect insects like this?
Morpho peleides also known as the emperor is an iridescent tropical butterfly. The diffraction of the light form millions of tiny scales on it’s wings is the reason why they seem to have this brilliant blue color shade. We already learned that in nature the color blue is just an illusion, right? Hands up, if you did your homework. 🙋🏼♀️ Anyway, they wear this color not to look irresistibly beautiful, but as protection. By flashing their wings rapidly they manage to frighten away predators and to stay alive. Their life cycle, however is incredibly short, they only live for 115 days from egg to adult. The larvae of Morpho peleides butterflies are occasional cannibals, which means that they might eat each other sometimes. 👀 Adults are much more tampered, they only drink the juices of the rotting fruits, like lychee, mango or kiwi for food. 🤭 We all did things we are not proud of in our teens, didn’t we? 🤷🏼♀️
The pictures were made over the years in Cluj-Napoca – at the Zoolocical Museum (Muzeul Zoologic UBB), in Neuchâtel – at the Natural History Museum (Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de Neuchâtel), and in Admont, in the Natural History Museum of the Admont Monastery with an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 7. Yep, some of the pictures are 5 years old, made when I had an iPhone 5. 🤭 The picture with the actual living Morpho peleides was made in Vienna – at the Butterfly House (Schmetterlinghaus). So as you can see, I started to collect insects my way a long long time ago, and I can’t wait to start identifying them and sharing the pictures with you, and you know… to call it an actual collection. 🙈