Day 88: I listened to a famous herpetologist give a talk about amphibian population declines today. It's sad how most of the talks I hear these days are about endangered species, population declines, and habitat loss. Global warming has negative effects all over the planet but this is why conservation work is so important! I'm so happy to help conduct research that helps the planet every day! #1yearofstitches#conservation#savethefrogs#savetheplanet
The word of the day is "Chrysirida rhipheus", more commonly referred to in the vernacular as the Madagascan sunset moth. Madagascan sunset moths are perhaps one of the more beautiful of all butterflies and moths in the world. They are named for the beautiful colors of their wings; the iridescent blues, greens, golds, and reds are said to resemble the sun setting over the Madagascan Rainforest in the evening. The colors of the Madagascan sunset moth's wings are an example of one of the most breathtaking optical illusions in the natural world. The base color of the wings of sunset moths is a dark black, or brown. This color is created by dark pigments produced by the moths known as melanin. Along the wings of sunset moths, however, are also millions upon millions of microscopic scales made out of chitin. The surfaces of these scales are covered in grooves that are of the exact same width as various wavelengths of light. These amazing nano-structures are capable of filtering out various wavelengths of light to result in the rainbow-spectrum of colors that appear on the sunset moth's wings (to see a video on how this works: https://goo.gl/q1pLw4).
Because of their spectacular appearance, sunset moths have enjoyed a long and close history with human cultures. Early entomologists frequently mistook the insect as a butterfly due to their bright colors. It was initially classified within the genus papilio (swallowtail butterflies), and given the epithet "rhipheus", likely derived from "ripheus" a Trojan hero, continuing in the tradition of naming swallowtail butterflies after prominent figures in epic Greek sagas. Among the native Malagasy people, the sunset moth is known as "adriandolo" from the words "lolo", used interchangeably to mean butterfly or spirit, and "andriana", or noble, meaning "noble spirit". WOTD @ www.facebook.com/wordoftheday89 #moth#butterfly#insect#papilionidae#invertebrate#arthropods_anonymous #nature#eco#green#swallowtail#birdwing#entomology#creepy#lepidoptera#animal#animals#naturelover#insects#insect_perfection #conservation#arthropodsanonymous#biology#papillon#sunsetmoth
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Coal is the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel with the most significant impact on health and the environment. Gutting the Clean Power Plan will move us backwards, when we should be leading the world on renewable energy. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the #ClimateMarch on April 29th. ✊️
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Did you know that the manatee is more closely related to the elephant than any other animal? This even includes other marine mammals. Although this species is still considered to be a vulnerable species they are doing much better than they were in the early 90s. They have no natural predators so that's helpful but watercraft accidents are the main threat to their lives because they live in shallow water. These cuties are also known as a sea cow! #manateeappreciationday#conservation#wildwednesday#animals#wild#savethemanatees Photo credit: http://www.josephdetrickphotography.com/Manatees/i-RRZR25b
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