15 December 2010

lepidoptera

Here are some butterflies.




They are the gems of a collection that belonged to a mathematician named Gerhard Ringel. Ringel was so enamoured of butterflies that he raised generation after generation of them - until pigment no longer colored their wings - in his kitchen. When he died, he gave them, along with all of his exotic specimens, to the UCSC Museum of Natural History.

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