Lep Humor

Doug stelenes at pobox.com
Fri Mar 27 22:24:35 EST 1998

Hi Lep friends,

Finally got back on our favorite list again after three months of
technical difficulties.  The first message I received sounded like a
call for all the crusty old Lepidopterists among us to die.  I couldn't
resist adding more light hearted humor.  Hope y'all like it.

(A parody of Romeo & Juliet with a few insignificant name changes).
The parody was written over 500 butterfly years ago and has Juliet as a
13 day old adult Naba hyperia (Red Rim) and Romeo is an older Lepsoc
amymone (Common Mestra).  Both common names in parenthesis are favored
by NABA and the respective genera should be Biblis and Mestra.

A Tragia Love Story of the Baloney Tribe

O amymone, amymone! wherefore art thou amymone?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I'll no longer be a Crimson Black.

[Aside]  Shall I sip more, or shall I speak at this?
[Aside]  Shall I puddle more, or shall I speak at this?

'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not an amymone.
What's amymone? it is nor scale, nor leg,
Nor wing, nor head, nor any other part
Belonging to a fly. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a nose
By any other name could smell as burnt;
So amymone would, were he not amymone called,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Amymone, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

I take thee at thy word:
Call me Common, and I'll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be amymone.
Doug Dawn
N.    25º 37.408"
W. 100º 22.003"
Altitude 910 meters
Sylvan Pinus-Quercus

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