Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray


From La Selva Ecolodge, Ecuador.

These frayed wings make for an interesting butterfly profile.  La Selva has a butterfly farm for guests to see many tropical butterfly species in all stages of life.  Based on my Googling, this butterfly seems to be from the genus Heliconius , which is known for its mimicry among its members.  Like Darwin’s finches, their diversity has been used to study speciation.

One thing I love about this image is that if you zoom in, you can see the curled proboscis so well.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette



From Isabela.

Can you spot the bird?  At Tagus Cove, we hiked up to see Darwin Lake, a saltwater lagoon in a tuff cone, named for the Galápagos Islands’ most famous visitor.  This little bird is probably one of the famous finch species also colloquially named for Darwin.