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Poem: "The Sky-Eyes and the Earth-Hearts" GRAND FINALE!
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 4th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

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>>Great poem!<<

Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

>>I wonder how such a society would work in its details? Are the butterflies a social species?<<

The ants are a social species like Terran ants. The butterflies are different, more individual, not living in hives -- except that they were all raised in a hive by the ants. So they are kind of in between individuals and social insects.

>> Are they bound to individual ant colonies?<<

Adult butterflies tend to have a strong relationship to their "home" hive, like humans with their home town and parents. They can move elsewhere, but many of them do not.

>> Or do they scatter their eggs amongst many colonies?<<

I think they usually lay all their eggs near one colony, although it's probably possible to spread them out a little. The colonies aren't super close together.

>>One could do a lot with them in a novel or even a short story.<<

I think so too. This is basically a novel (well, probably) nutshelled into a poem. The core conflicts are in here.
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