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    Here is a TED talk about pollination. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg talks about the importance of pollination and then shows excerpts from his amazing, breathtaking film. Truly exceptional shots!

    The last shot of a butterfly – after the shots of Monarchs in Mexico – is NOT a Monarch, but what is it?


    Secondly – here is an interesting concept – pollinator frocks. I think this has come up before in here or perhaps another forum/list.

    Dr Karen Ingham has created an incredible collection of dresses that feature electron-microscopy images of flowers and pollen. Her aim is to spread the word about the importance of pollination.

    Any curious insect that lands on one these dresses is treated to a nectar-like solution able to nourish and in turn help promote repopulation. The collection was trialed in the UK and then tested in Pukekura Park’s Botanic Gardens as part of the art, technology and ecology event SCANZ 2011.

    Dr Karen Ingham explains it here on Youtube


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    You’re right, Norm! I knew you’d know. 🙂

    YOu’d be amazed how much advertising features the “wrong” butterfly when people think it’s the Monarch. Most common one is the Viceroy, Limenitis archippus, which isn’t even a relative.

    The Queen is often confused with the Soldier (another one we don’t have here, Danaus eresimus), but it is possible to tell the difference by the faded white spots on the Soldier’s hindwing, when you look at it full on (dorsal view).




    Pollinator frocks – one would assume they cannot be washed, for fear of washing out the nectar.



    The butterfly shown near the end of the clip is a ‘Queen’ butterfly (Danaus gilippus) inhabiting North and South America. A relative of the Monarch, also using milkweeds as a hostplant, the caterpillars pass through 6 instars compared to the Monarchs 5 instars.

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