Tuesday, April 01, 2008

De Terroribus Naturae

WARNING: Not Suitable for Vegetarians

The Meat Butterfly (vanessa buffetensis) is a little-known species of lepidoptera indigenous to the Languedoc region of the south of France.

First identified in 1769 by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffet, whence it derives its Latin name, the meat butterfly is rarely seen in the wild, probably because of its propensity to be instantly devoured by predators. However, it can sometimes be seen flexing its colourful meaty wings in its natural habitat: a rural wedding celebration.

These photographs afford some rare glimpses of vanessa buffetensis in its progressive stages of development:


Fig 1: Larva


Fig 2: Chrysalis


Fig. 3: Adult (rampant)


Fig. 4: Adult (couchant)

Vanessa buffetensis has been hunted almost to extinction by French wedding guests, who value it as a rare gastronomic delicacy. Appeals for the French government to declare it an endangered species have to date sadly been ignored.

12 comments:

Billy said...

Butterflies can't have much meat on them.

patroclus said...

Billy, I think you'll find that this one has quite a lot of meat on it.

LC said...

Perhaps if scientists inserted just enough DNA from the shit-moth into the meat-butterfly to eliminate its natural deliciousness whilst retaining its wonderful colouring, it might just stand a chance of survival. Of course, wedding guests would be forced to evolve in order seek out new ecological niches, or face extinction.

Tara said...

various meats in lovely nature shapes. perfect! so......how was The Big Event (obviously the charcuterie was fabulous)?

Annie said...

You could have posted a warning to us delicate vegetarians...

May have to have a lie-down now.

Occasional Poster of Comments said...

Was there a paté moth?

Tim Footman said...

The chrysalis on the left seems to have enjoyed itself rather too much.

Dave said...

My consultant now thinks red meat may be causing my kidney stones. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Rosie said...

dinner parties chez Rosie are going to consist entirely of butterfly sandwiches from this day forth. inspired!

nuttycow said...

And how was the wedding?!

Taiga the Fox said...

Oh dear. What Annie said.

llewtrah said...

O-kay. Very nice. Is there a piccalilli moth in the house?