Too cool, part 47: ze frank is back

I’ve already seen at least two other websites that have featured this video, so I’m slow, but we already knew that. Still, it was too good not to feature, a fine mix of information, illustration, and humor – because it’s by ze frank of course. I’m never sure how to capitalize or separate that…

Anyway, if you haven’t seen it (or even if you have,) take a gander at True Facts: Deception in the Rainforest

Zebra mosaic Colobura dirce displaying curious patternJust so you know, while the more extreme examples in the video are often only found in the rainforest, all of these traits and defenses can be witnessed the world over, including right here in North Carolina; you’ll find more of them if you take some time to closely examine the plants and ground around you, though you’ll have a lot better luck if you wait a little longer when spring gets its ass in gear. A handful of these can be seen at the Butterfly House in the Museum of Life & Science in Durham.

Certainly, I’d like the opportunity to witness and photograph some of the more exotic species myself, and such a trip is still on the bucket list, but drawing closer. Yes, it could potentially be offensive to contribute funds towards such an endeavor, implying that I couldn’t afford a trip on my own, but I’m fairly thick-skinned and would make the supreme effort of taking such cash (or plane tickets) in a gracious spirit, because I’m that kind of guy. I would even share my experiences here, so you’d be benefiting countless others all at the same time.

And credit where credit is due:

David Weiller

Thomas Marent

Thomas Hossie

neira Dan

Yero Kuethe

Luisa Mota

Tom Sherratt

Douglas Yanega

chrysalis of possible red-spotted purple admiral Limenitis arthemis astyanax
This is a chrysalis, right on the wall of our house here at Walkabout Estates, likely of a red-spotted purple admiral (Limenitis arthemis astyanax.) So, you know, always examine bird shit closely…