Monday, 3 August 2009

Twenty-plumes













Netted this interesting one over the weekend. They actually seem to have 24 plumes. Presumably they started out with 4 wings and then evolved to this form. Any ideas why ??

2 comments:

charlie streets said...

Yes,it's a misnomer because the guy that named it couldn't count!!

A fascinating insect none the less.

Winston said...

the latin mane give the correct number of plumes however.
(hexadactlya - 12 fingers x 2)
Win