24.02.13 22:05 Filed in: Nymphalidae | Edelfalter
Last weekend I went to see some butterflies in the tropical greenhouses of the Botanic Gardens Bonn. There were only a few of them who have finished their process of metamorphosis.
My first image shows most likely a male „Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides)“ and on image Nr. 2 you can see a „Common Owl (Caligo eurilochus)“.
Both butterflies belong to the family of Nymphalidae.
More details (in german only) you can find here: http://www.botgart.uni-bonn.de/schmetterlinge.php
Hindu and Buddhist Symbolism
Water lilies are an important religious symbol in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. They symbolize resurrection in both spiritual arenas because many of the lilies close their flowers at night and reopen in the morning at first sunlight. Buddhists regard the water lily as a symbol of enlightenment because of the beautiful bloom that emerges from the mud. They also consider the water lily a symbol of purity, spontaneous generation and divine birth.
Cetonia aurata, known as the rose chafer, or more rarely as the green rose chafer, is a beetle, 20 mm (¾ in) long, that has metallic green coloration (but can be bronze, copper, violet, blue/black or grey) with a distinct V shaped scutellum, the small triangular area between the wing cases just below the thorax, and having several other irregular small white lines and marks. The underside is a coppery colour.
In his book Synchronicity (1952), Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung tells this story, starring a Cetonia aurata, as an example of a synchronic event: A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While she was telling me this dream, I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from the outside. I opened the window and caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to a golden scarab one finds in our latitudes, a scarabaeid beetle, the common rose-chafer (Cetonia aurata), which contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt the urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since.
More images of insects you can find in my animal collection: www.faunaportraits.com
The oriental poppy belongs to the family Papaveraceae.
This species, however, does not produce any narcotic alkaloids such as morphine or codeine. Perhaps to just look at their flowering beauty is enough to take away any pain.
In my plant galleries you can find out who else is in the family
Long days can be really inspiring...
Last weekend I got up at 4:30 am. I packed my camera, lenses, tripod and drove into the mountains close by (Siebengebirge). There is a beautiful old ruin, and the view over the Rhine and into the forest is spectacular. I arrived just before sunrise, time enough to set up my camera and felt really blessed to witness the most beautiful light.