Natural SelectionThis week's assignment is to take photographs that depict ten adaptation categories; size, coloration-Mimicry, Coloration-Warning, Coloration-Hidden or Blended, Shape, Behavior - Advertising, Behavior-Nesting, Behavior-Warning, Behavior-Showy display, and Behavior-Food Gathering.
I headed out to the Bray Conservation area on this beautiful Fall day with my camera in search of some examples of each category. It was a beautiful afternoon with temperatures around 70 degrees. It doesn't get much better than that! I wasn't able to find all ten categories at Bray so I had to search back into my collection to fill in those I could not find.
First on my list was size. I had no idea what I was going to use as an example of size as I wandered the trails. I stopped for a drink of water at the top of a hill and sat on a bench to enjoy the beauty around me. I glanced down at my feet and saw this acorn. It reminded me of a saying "Mighty oaks form little acorns grow" and gave me the idea for my first category. Oak trees can grow to a height of 120 feet.
Lawrence, Kansas. Mimicry means that one species of animal resembles another species closely enough to deceive predators. This is a Viceroy butterfly, and they mimic Monarch butterflies as a way of avoiding predators. Monarch butterflies are toxic to predators because they eat milkweed when they are caterpillars and if eaten will make the animal sick.
I also loved the transparent wings! This little moth was very busy feeding on these purple flowers. I was very excited to see one!
Well, that is all for now. I hope you enjoyed my photographs and that they will inspire you to get outdoors and see what you can find.
I'll post again soon. Thanks for dropping by.