Monthly Archives: October 2011

The History of the Butterfly, Part 107: Rousseau’s Speech

Historical reports about Grinnell and Rousseau often state that the assault was because Mr. Grinnell insulted Rousseau personally and insulted the State of Kentucky.  That is true, but that is not the whole story. The Congressional Globe recorded debates that … Continue reading

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News About the Butterfly

Oarisma poweshiek, the Poweshiek skipper has been added to a list by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that is published annually.  It is now a “candidate” for listing as a threatened or endangered species. This is a photo of the butterfly, … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 106: Another View

The National Republican was a Washington D.C. newspaper that started operation during Lincoln’s years in office and promoted, not surprisingly, causes aligned with the Republican Party. On the day after Rousseau’s assault on Grinnell, here is what they wrote about … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 105: Grinnell’s Side of the Story

From:  Men and Events of Forty Years, J.B. Grinnell, 1891: I never saw a man struck by another with a blow in anger until I was called to in a friendly voice on the porch of the capitol of Washington, … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, part 104: Grinnell Gets Rattaned

June 13, 1866 was a pretty momentous day in the United States Congress.  On that day, Congress passed the bill that would become the 14th amendment to the Constitution. The 14th amendment is pretty significant.  The 13th abolished slavery, but … Continue reading

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Autumn Moth

The arrival of autumn has slowed my ability to take closeup photographs.  I have less light when I get home, and less time because I have to haul my son from football practice.  I am working on getting firewood cut and split–that … Continue reading

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Turning Over an Old Leaf

Here is a photograph I took with my expensive camera flatbed scanner. Point being, you don’t need fancy equipment to make good graphics. Not so much by itself, but you can see the possibilities.  You could add a lot of … Continue reading

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A Problem With the Ratchet Idea

I have discussed on this blog the idea that bioluminescent dinoflagellates are kinetitrophic organisms.  The light is evidence of a chemical ratchet that locks the energy flow in one direction, meaning that the cells convert kinetic energy to chemical energy, … Continue reading

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The Beetle that Plays Possum

I was cutting firewood yesterday and ran across a weevil on that was resting in a cut in the wood.  Since it had some interesting colors I collected it in a jar to photograph later.   When I captured the creature I … Continue reading

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A Billion False Alarms

This photograph from Widipedia Commons was taken by “Bidgee.” If we assume that dinoflagellates use energy to make light (the “energy use” idea) then this is a photograph of a huge number of the tiny organisms flashing because of a … Continue reading

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