Discovery of "Extinct" Butterfly

Eat-Me ButterflyKnowing how much I love pop science, a friend called to discuss something he just read regarding the discovery of a specimen of Papilionoidea ediblitis, known commonly as the Eat-Me Butterfly.

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Thought long to have been extinct due to its docile nature and poor flying ability when threatened, this is a significant find for entomologists worldwide. A major contributing factor to its extinction is the fact that the butterfly does not possess chemical defense common to all butterflies, thus it easily falls prey to virtually all predators.

Cindy Janders, department entomologist with the Butterfly Reclamation Program, said in a phone interview from the Amazon jungles, "This is a remarkable find. These butterflies are practically defenseless and appeal as a universal food source, making them extremely fragile."

The discovering team is still confirming the existence of a colony, but for now the location of this single specimen remains undisclosed. According to the field scientist Edward Schiller, "We have high hopes of finding a thriving colony of Eat-Me Butterflies." The hopeful Schiller added, "Collectors worldwide are counting on us."

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Anonymous tw


omg - this is freakin' funny. i thought it was for real when i first read it, then it hit me when i clicked to get the larger image. - tw
 

Blogger The Elusive Loo


The Eat-me butterfly, as rare and as beautiful as the infamous Sandwich Monkey
 

Anonymous Victoria Warner


I used to collect butterflies when I was a kid, and I definately would have been on the look-out for this beauty!
- Victoria
 

Anonymous Joanne Walker


i LOVE this. it's very entertaining; my daughter really enjoyed it, she thought it was real at first.

- Joanne Walker
 

Anonymous Anonymous


Where is my ether jar?
 

Anonymous Joyce Bailey


Nice try.
 

Blogger TrueJerseyGirl


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Anonymous Anonymous


HA!!! That's really good. I'm going to have to forward this to my mom. Mad props to you, great gag!!
 

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Anonymous Drew


Just curious, what was last year's joke?
 

Blogger Nam LaMore


LOUISE NILON: Thank you for visitng the blog, do come back!. The really weird thing is, there might not be a sandwich monkey, but there is a smoking chimpanzee. I almost thought it was a joke the first time I read it.

DREW: Last year's April Fool's joke: mock-up of MasterCard's "Priceless" campagin .. of my living in the Bay Area. If I find a copy, I'll have to post it.

KISSONTHEMOUTH: Yes, I actually do like butterflies, so this joke is close to me. As a kid, I did have ether jars, and collected so many butterflies I'm sure "Silence of the Lamb" is partially based on my childhood!
 

Blogger Dutched Pinay on Expatriation


Haha, you had me going there until i clicked the foto to see a larger view and saw, "FOOD"!
 

Blogger Nam LaMore


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Anonymous Shyn metode de facut bani pe net


Yeap the butterfly is always beautiful.
 

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