Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Photo of the day: Butterfly hunters

Butterfly hunters by The Bacher Family
Butterfly hunters, a photo by The Bacher Family on Flickr.

Here they go, our intrepid Citizen Scientists, off in search of the wild butterfly. Along their way they will encounter checkerspots, blues, and fritillaries. They will dive after fluttering targets and fall flat on their keisters but come up victorious, then carefully-oh-so-carefully ease the little fellows into plastic jars for closer inspection. They will cross-reference their finds in colorful guide books, making certain they have the correct species with the dark tips just so and not thus. They will walk their kilometer-long transect at a steady pace of one kilometer per hour, noting the composition of each 200-meter subsection. And they will create a striking image as they stride slowly along the Wonderland Trail, eyes alert and nets at the ready.

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