Hesperia Story

Guy Van de Poel Guy_VdP at t-online.de
Sun Aug 15 16:05:33 EDT 1999


Just so you do not feel alone:
I tried to photograph Thymelicus acteon, and all I have are brown streaks on
a background of flowers and leaves. About 15 pictures spoiled.
You can tell they are related by just looking at their flying speed.


This is not a success story. The Play: for the past 3 field seasons I have
been trying to collect a proper study series of Hesperia from a local valley
to help shed light on the mysteries of this genus in western NA. 7 August
1999 (Act 3, Scene 8): Said humanoid is not smart enough to visit a
particular hilltop earlier in the day and insists on visiting the site when
the mercury is hovering at 35 degrees Celsius. Said skippers are conducting
their affairs in normal fashion - flying at the speed of sound and seemingly
never perching for more than 2 seconds (well, at least not within eyesight).
Results: 15 swings, 15 misses - bugs win and humanoid exits stage left in
acute disgust ! --and lest you think that Hesperia are humor-impaired; I
should add that one nervy individual had the unmitigated audacity to land on
the hoop of my net. I could have sworn that it "threw me the finger" as we
sized each other up to see who would win the battle of size vs. speed.
Norbert Kondla  P.Biol., RPBio.
Forest Ecosystem Specialist, Ministry of Environment
845 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 1H3
Phone 250-365-8610
Mailto:Norbert.Kondla at gems3.gov.bc.ca

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