Blue-rayed Metalmark - Lyropteryx apollonia
Lyropteryx apollonia (Riodinidae) is one of those butterflies that are equally striking whether they are seen from both the upperside (top photo) or the underside (bottom photo) of the wings.
In addition to its stunning look, these butterflies have a peculiar behavior. Males are occasionally seen visiting sewage seepages or urine-soaked ground. They drink using the “filter-feeding” method, whereby they imbibe almost continually, extracting salts from mineral-rich patches of ground, or from the edges of puddles. Periodically they squirt the demineralized water from their anus, curving their abdomen so as to aim the liquid at the ground beneath their feet. There it leaches more minerals from the ground, which are re-imbibed. This process is continuous and the butterflies often recycle the same fluid many times during a period of several minutes.
The Blue-rayed Metalmark is widely distributed throughout the tropical regions of South America including Colombia, western and southern Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.
I’ve been staring at this GIF for far too long!!! the scruff..the tongue… oh lord!
Oh the images! The things this man does to me….
Patrick Troughton as John McBride in the Espionage episode “He Rises on Sunday And We On Monday”. (ITC, 1963)
I was expecting the dodgy Irish accent, but not the kissing:
“Eccleston was a tiger and Tennant was, well, Tigger. Smith is an uncoordinated housecat who pretends that he meant to do that after falling off a piece of furniture.” — Steven Moffat
I think we all know who that makes Capaldi.
This is the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life.
Because not everything is serious, here’s a casual reminder that this also happened in The Hour of the Wolf.
(aka: G’Kar gets caught in Garibaldi’s room trying to impersonate Indiana Jones. Well, Indiana Jones *did* wear a leather jacket. G’Kar just needs the whip.)
One of the greatest things i loved about the new doctor who was the intro. other than peter making a stellar doctor so far, this intro blew me away. i can’t wait for the new episodes to come out!