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A Few Rainforest Insects to Celebrate World Environment Day

In honor of World Environment Day, which is today, June 5th, here are a few amazing insects from the rainforest in Western Kenya to remind us of the incredible and wonderful creatures that we share this planet with.

One of the most beautiful of all African insects are the jewel damselflies, such as this Dancing Jewel found along the banks of the Yala River:

Dancing Jewel Damsefly
Dancing Jewel Damsefly. Photo by Dino Martins

 

Among the many gorgeous butterflies in the rain forests of Western Kenya are the Charaxes, or Emperor Butterflies. They fly high and fast through the forest canopy, but can’t resist the lure of fresh dung to feast on! Many Charaxes butterflies have the most beautifully intricate patterns on the undersides of their wings, like this Giant Charaxes (Charaxes castor).

King Charaxes butterfly feasting on fresh dung!
Giant Charaxes butterfly feasting on fresh dung! Photo by Dino Martins

 

Some Charaxes species have the most intense colours on their wings, as can be seen here in this Blue-Spotted Charaxes, flashing its wings in the sunlight:

Blue-Spotted Charaxes Butterfly
Blue-Spotted Charaxes Butterfly. Photo by Dino Martins

 

Even the fruit flies in the forest are colorful, as can be seen here with these Drosophila on some rotting fruit:

Feisty fiery-eyed Fruit Flies!
Feisty fiery-eyed Fruit Flies! Photo by Dino Martins

 

The beetles are not to be outdone with this amazing metallic tortoise beetle:

Silver Tortoise Beetle
Silver Tortoise Beetle. Photo by Dino Martins

More from the wonderful world of bugs soon.

Spend a few minutes in the company of insects and plants today if you can!

Happy World Environment Day!

 

 

Comments

  1. Ima Ryma
    June 7, 3:28 pm

    June 5th is World Environment Day,
    As proclaimed by some human folk.
    Humans have such a goofy way,
    If ’tweren’t so sad, ‘twould be a joke.
    To humans, we of the bug world
    Are mostly deemed pests that need be
    Gone, so buggings at us are hurled,
    Cuz humans are a dumb specie.
    But we bugs here will still remain
    Long after humans self destruct.
    In the meantime, bugs will maintain
    Priority in bug conduct.

    Oh look what Mother Nature’s brung -
    A nice fresh pile of yummy dung!

  2. Shawn L Riddick
    United States
    June 5, 9:38 pm

    When I was a child God spoke to me and said He wanted the people of Earth to know He was deeply sorry there was so much evil here, He said He introduced Evil from a Sister Universe and it spread like cancer. In order to survive He created Holiness and Heaven and separated Himself from His own creation. He said insecticides tortured His smallest creatures and Farmers would not enter Heaven because of it. God said some of His insects have higher consciousness and can feel joy and agony. God loves insects too. Our atmosphere can also be destroyed to the point of no return causing catastrophic failure ending most life on Earth. God said He was considering giving His Earth to His Insects. Please read warningfromgod and treat insects with respect. We can only protect our homes, bodies, livestock, and play area, yards etc.