Heath Fritillary Butterfly Hatching, video


THis 4 June 2019 video says about itself:

Heath Fritillary Butterfly Hatching | BBC Earth

Once close to extinction, the White Admiral Butterfly & Heath Fritillary Butterfly now create one of Britains biggest butterfly spectacles.

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Large tortoiseshell butterflies reproducing in the Netherlands


This 2018 video from Germany is about large tortoiseshell butterflies.

The Dutch butterfly foundation reported on 6 June 2019 that large tortoiseshell butterflies are reproducing in the Netherlands.

This species had become extinct in the Netherlands. In 1996, a caterpillar was found for the last time. From 2011-2014 many adult butterflies were seen; but caterpillars only three times from 2000-2018.

This year, caterpillars were discovered at six different spots all over the Netherlands.

Scarce tortoiseshells, another species rare for the Netherlands, were also seen again this year.

From caterpillars to butterflies, BBC video


This 18 May 2019 video says about itself:

Caterpillar Cocoon Timelapse | BBC Earth

Watch the first bizarre steps in this caterpillar‘s rebirth from bug to butterfly, in a timelapse showing the beginning of one of nature’s most incredible metamorphoses.

Saint George, dragon, scarce swallowtail, flowers


This September 2016 video is called Livadia, Tilos, Greece.

After 26 April 2019, 27 April on Tilos.

That day, we went by bus in the direction of Livadia. But we got out well before Livadia.

St George kills the dragon, 27 April 2019

We went out at Agios Georgios chapel. Named after St George. The photo shows St George killing the dragon and other icons in the chapel.

Saint George. If he ever lived, then he never had anything to do with the two things where he is most famous for: dragons and England (eat your heart out, English nationalists. The cult of St George reached England a thousand years after he is said to have lived. He is said to have been from present day Turkey which English and other white supremacists hate so much).

Holy Virgin, 27 April 2019

These two icons show the Holy Virgin with the child Jesus, and St George on horseback, killing the dragon again.

Outside, a Sardinian warbler and a nightingale sing.

Rock, 27 April 2019

We climbed up a hill along a narrow path. We thought that way we might reach Mikro Chorio deserted village. But the path did not go further then this rock, looking slightly like a baboon‘s head.

Bee-eaters call.

We had to climb down again.

Scarce swallowtail, 27 April 2019

When we nearly back at the main road, we saw this beautiful butterfly.

Scarce swallowtail, on 27 April 2019

It was a scarce swallowtail.

Scarce swallowtail, Tilos, 27 April 2019

Arum dioscoridis, 27 April 2019

Not so far away, this Arum dioscoridis flower.

Flowers, 27 April 2019

And other flowers.

Saving butterflies with computer games


This 26 June 2014 video from the USA says about itself:

UF/IFAS entomologists are trying to save an endangered butterfly found only in Florida by breeding a captive colony of Schaus’ Swallowtail Butterflies. The goal is release these captive butterflies back into wild to breed and help bring this insect back from the brink of extinction.

From ScienceDaily:

Living room conservation: Gaming and virtual reality for insect and ecosystem conservation

Players explore and search for butterflies using knowledge gained through gameplay

April 18, 2019

Gaming and virtual reality (VR) could bridge the gap between urban societies and nature, thereby paving the way to insect conservation by the means of education, curiosity and life-like participation.

This is what Florida International University’s team of computer scientist Alban Delamarre and biologist Dr Jaeson Clayborn strive to achieve by developing a VR game dedicated to insect and plant species. Focused on imperiled butterflies, their innovative idea: Butterfly World 1.0, is described in the open-access journal Rethinking Ecology.

This February 2019 video is called Butterfly World 1.0 Intro Video.

Butterfly World 1.0 is an adventure game designed to engage its users in simulated exploration and education. Set in the subtropical dry forest of the Florida Keys (an archipelago situated off the southern coast of Florida, USA), Butterfly World draws the players into an immersive virtual environment where they learn about relationships between butterflies, plants, and invasive species. While exploring the set, they interact with and learn about the federally endangered Schaus’ swallowtail butterfly, the invasive graceful twig ant, native and exotic plants, and several other butterflies inhabiting the dry forest ecosystem. Other nature-related VR experiences, including conservation awareness and educational programs, rely on passive observations with minimal direct interactions between participants and the virtual environment.

According to the authors, virtual reality and serious gaming are “the new frontiers in environmental education” and “present a unique opportunity to interact with and learn about different species and ecosystems.”

The major advantage is that this type of interactive, computer-generated experience allows for people to observe phenomena otherwise impossible or difficult to witness, such as forest succession over long periods of time, rare butterflies in tropical dry forests, or the effects of invasive species against native wildlife.

“Imagine if, instead of opening a textbook, students could open their eyes to a virtual world. We live in a time where experiential learning and stories about different species matter, because how we feel about and connect with these species will determine their continued existence in the present and future. While technology cannot replace actual exposure to the environment, it can provide similar, near-realistic experiences when appropriately implemented,” say the scientists.

In conclusion, Delamarre and Clayborn note that the purpose of Butterfly World is to build knowledge, reawaken latent curiosity, and cultivate empathy for insect and ecosystem conservation.