Saturday, July 19, 2008

Photo Hunter: What is it?




This was a tough one to pick, as I have TONS of pictures of creatures that most people don't know what they are. I also have pictures of larval forms of a variety of creatures. I decided to go with an animal that people can recognize, but I like this photo for the shock value. Who would pay $15,000 dollars for a butterfly? Well, the reason why this butterfly costs so much is: it's a gynandromorph. That's not the name of the butterfly species, but rather the condition of having both male and female characteristics. The males of this butterfly species have a green back, yellow abdomen, and some green on their wings. The females have brown on their wings.

4 comments:

MyMaracas said...

Nice photo of an interesting specimen. But 15K seems steep, even for a unique butterfly.

Kate said...

wow, that's cool. Was this at the Bug Show?

crazy working mom said...

This is a beautiful specimen. :)

Happy Hunting. Mine is up here.

eam said...

Holy butterfly!

A gynan-what? that is overpriced even for a unique quality. Then again some moneyed people have paid for the stupidest stuff with no sense at all...

and this is quite special- so perhaps 'they' should buy this one and own something with meaning! :-)