"how butterflies are any different"
mqnature at hiline.net
Sun Jun 20 00:23:21 EDT 1999
Butterflies are different from most hymenoptera, diptera, coleoptera,
micro-lepidotera in that there are field guides to butterflies and most can
be sight ID'ed to the species level with close-focusing binoculars. The
other groups generally lack field guides and mostly need to be put under a
microscope or 10x loope just to be ID'ed to the family level.
Mike Quinn, Donna, TX
Mark Walker wrote:
>I'm not sure how butterflies are any different than
>beetles, flies, etc. Why is it that people in general have such a problem
>with _dispatching_ butterflies, while they don't have a problem with the
>rest of Insecta? It's because butterflies are large, showy and graceful and
>relatively benign to humans (at least in the adult stage). These
>characteristics have iconicized butterflies to a level that seems to
>supercede their place within the food chain. And it's not MY value system
>I'm referring to - it's all of humankind. If I walked around with a hammer
>and pounded cockroaches, I doubt that many would complain. But chasing a
>butterfly with a net, now that's just sacrilegious!
>As I've said more times than I like to admit, it's the hypocrisy of it all
>that bugs me so.
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