The nymphalid butterfly #Limenitis arthemis is a #polymorphic#species found across the eastern United States. In New England and Canada, it is known as the red admiral (Limenitis arthemis arthemis, picture 1). In the southern USA, individuals look much different and are known as the red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax, picture 2), which are conspecific #Batesian mimics of the toxic Pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor).
Picture locations and dates:
1 - Viles Arboretum, Augusta, ME, summer 2013
2 - Kanapaha Botanical Garden, Gainesville, FL, summer 2017
BeingHuman: spent time with @anbu_acres at @eyesofacres | Exotic #pets that do survive release and establish themselves will inevitably interfere with or disrupt the surrounding #ecosystem. Many non-native #species that begin to colonize an area compete for resources with native species and depending on their size, prey on them. In many cases, invasive species that establish their dominance in an area can have irreversible effects on the local #habitat. In addition to damaging balanced ecosystems, invasive species also harbor foreign disease and can become public safety hazards. #socialconsciousness#lifeweb#illegalwildlifetrade#cites#exoticpets
Pressure is mounting against multi-faceted smugglers but the legal case, though strong, is enormously complex 'Late on 6 June 2014 Kenyan police, acting on a tip-off, raided a used car lot in Mombasa’s industrial area. Inside Fuji Motors East Africa Ltd, in one of the lock-ups, they found two tonnes of ivory.
Days earlier a white Mitsubishi truck, its paperwork claiming “household equipment” but in fact carrying more than 300 elephant tusks secreted beneath a tarpaulin, had pulled into the yard on Mombasa Island’s dirty northern fringe, far from the tourist hotels and beaches for which the city is famous.
The discovery led to one of the biggest, most high-profile trials of an ivory smuggler to date. Five people were arrested, but the key suspect, Feisal Mohamed Ali, disappeared, first to the Kenyan capital Nairobi and then to neighbouring Tanzania. Interpol issued an environmental crime arrest warrant – among the first of its kind – and Ali was eventually found in Dar es Salaam in late December. He was extradited and charged in Kenya on Christmas Eve.