And there we have it, we got what we got.
The Naming Game
Butterflies are classified as insects in the order of the Lepidopters –from the Latin lepidor - scales and ptera – wings. Fossil finds, although rare, suggest they emerged in tandem with the flowers (Angiosperms), during the Cretacious period, about 135 million years ago… million years ago.
Taxonomy, or the naming game can be fun, if you take it with a grain of salt. Edward Abbey comes to mind in Desert Solitaire when he cries:
” why name them? Vanity, vanity, nothing but vanity: the itch for naming things is almost as bad as the itch for possessing things.”
But what a joy when, only yesterday, I found out that my two sided fruit eater was named Hamadryas amphinome or Red crack (estaladeira vermelha) and that she belonged to a family.
Here is a list of all named butterflies seen during my stay at the Passarada farm. In order, common names, scientific name, taxonomic family and notes.
The nameless ones will follow soon.