June 25th, 2019


Farmed Monarchs Can't Navigate

This study shows that monarch butterflies need to grow up in the wild to develop their navigational abilities.  Farmed monarchs from labs fly in random directions instead of migrating south as weather cools.  So do wild monarchs raised by humans.  Somehow, they're getting information from the environment that gets lost in captivity, even when humans make diligent efforts to recreate natural conditions.

On the downside, this means people shouldn't try to raise wild eggs or caterpillars for release.  It doesn't increase the rate of successful migration.

On the upside, this tells us something vital and subtle about how migration and navigation work in monarchs.  Followup studies may be able to determine what that instinct is, how and when it develops, what disrupts it, and so on.  This could explain why the migration is failing so badly.  It may not just be habitat loss -- if something is screwing up navigation, we need to know what so we can stop doing it.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 2

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "respect is a need." I'll be soliciting ideas for spouses, parents and children, clergy, teachers and students, soldiers, gang or club members, police, deities and followers, counselors, minions and masters/mistresses, apprentices, tops and bottoms, superheroes, supervillains, star performers, other people who deal in respect, choosing partners, earning respect, showing respect, creating connections, exploring new relationships, counseling, coming of age, changing roles in a family or other group, learning what you can (and can't) do, deferring to others, courtrooms, churches, classrooms, military bases, marae, supervillain lairs, kink clubs, police stations, counseling clinics, other places where people show respect, haka mana, the meaning of respect, ways to practice respect, ways to earn respect, apprenticeship, free will, racial relations, personal growth, commitment, honor, public service, gender dynamics, imprint vulnerability, rites of passage, bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, dominance fights, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series:

Fiorenza the Wisewoman features people in charge of a village, such as its priest and its wisewoman.

Frankenstein's Family shows how Victor and Igor earn the respect of their villagers.

Hart's Farm is a free love community relying on mutual respect.

One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis includes the God of Drunks and his followers.

Path of the Paladins is all about the connection between god/dess and followers.

P.I.E. shows Brenda demanding respect from those around her.

Polychrome Heroics has some characters, like Hefty and Fiddlesticks, who have pledged to watch over a certain area.  Others look up to each other, like the Ebonies & Ivories or the Primaries.  Some have given service to another they respect, like Seth to the whales, or minions to their chosen master/mistress. 

Seeing Hearts is all about respecting gender identity.

The Steamsmith has guilds and clubs that people look up to.

Or you can ask for something new.

Click to read the linkback poem "Sobremesa"  (8 verses, LIFC).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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Tuesday Yardening

Today is sunny, warm, and breezy.

Round One, I fed birds.  Then I picked half a bag of mulberries. 

EDIT 6/25/19: Round Two, I picked a bag full of mulberries.

EDIT 6/25/19: Round Three, we cut and hauled 3 1/2 wheelbarrows of brush from around the wellcap.

Lots of fireflies out.  It's warm and damp.  They like that.  :D  I saw a thunderhead in the distance at dusk, so it may rain more later.

As it is now dark, I am done for the night.

Poem: "Plowing Through Frustration"

This poem is spillover from the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] erulisse. It also fills the "Five of Arrows - Frustration" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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