Butterfly Species Reborn 30 Years After Extinction
Thirty years ago it was officially declared extinct in Britain. But the beautiful large blue butterfly has made an astonishing return. Around 20,000 will be flitting through the countryside this summer as a result of reintroduction efforts, scientists say.
First, this case demonstrates that it is absolutely crucial to understand the real cause(s) behind a species' demise. Otherwise nothing will save it. Second, it demonstrates that livestock and nature are not always opposed: the large blue requires closely grazed land for its habitat, because it depends on an ant species that really only thrives under those conditions.
Third ... well, you know me. I'm pondering what kind of alien species might evolve with a relationship like that, and what they would be like, and how humans would react. I think the aliens would get along fine, and humans would be horrified by all of them. Imagine a species that raised the young of another species that ate the raisers' own babies. Ant Alien to Human: "Yes, I know they eat babies, but ... but ... they're so cute! I can't help myself. I just have to pick them up and cuddle them and take them home." Butterfly Alien to Human: "How could you imply that we abuse the Ant People? We love them! They're our parents!" And I think they would both say: "We can't help how we're made."
Yai, like I need another story-farm. Me to Butterfly and Ant Aliens: "Go to the end of the line, folks."
Ant Alien: "I can't smell the end of the line from here."
Me: "Neither can I. Start walking."
Butterfly Alien: "Look at me, look at me! I can fly!"
Me: "Go follow your nursemaid or I'll take a net to you."
*sigh* And here I was supposed to be working on sabbat history. What does my brain do?
-- Ooo! Butterflies!!