Butterfly odors

D. L. Robinson kalos5 at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 3 04:19:57 EDT 2000

Re: Butterfly odorsJohn,

We may be butterfolks, but you sound like a lep-philiac!  I have met innumerable new and fascinating concepts to digest in the years I have been reading this list, but yours tops them all! 

Martha W. Robinson
The "original" Martha with four kids, hardly any degrees, and, well, that's a lot of butterfly crazy Martha's with four kids!  Good thing we had the good sense to have different last names!  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John Acorn 
  To: leps-l at lists.yale.edu 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2000 11:24 PM
  Subject: Re: Butterfly odors


      I think it was E. B. Ford who suggested that all lepidopterists should EAT at least one example of every species they study!  I still can't bring myself to chow down on the bodies, but I'll admit to having tried quite a few wings, mostly from specimens that hit the rim of my net and were accidentally killed (hey, it's science, right?).  To my palate, most butterfly wings taste like greasy tissue paper, but some are downright awful.  The Mustard White (Pieris oleracea) is the worst I have tried-- it tastes the way pentatomid stink-bugs smell.

      John Acorn
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