Apr 14

In one of my favorite tongue-in-cheek entomological musings, David Quammen writes in his essay Avatars of the Soul in Malaya,

Consider now the Lepidoptera, in all their vacant splendor. They are the bimbos of the natural world: more beautiful and less interesting, arguably, than any other order of animals.

While I tend to agree with this sentiment where butterflies are concerned (I disagree when it comes to moths), this particular Lepidopteran—which I encountered last year in Yunnan, China—is so very charming: Ombre wings narrowing to velvety ringlets nearly as long as the creature itself. I have no idea what species this little guys is; any thoughts?

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