A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

By Diane Ackerman

Diane Ackerman's lusciously written grand travel of the area of the senses comprises conversations with an iceberg in Antarctica and a pro nostril in long island, in addition to dissertations on kisses and tattoos, sadistic food and the tune performed through the planet Earth.

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Commercially Raised Butterflies A growing fad has been the release of commercially raised butte rflies at weddings and other special events. " Unfortunately, releasing commercially raised bu tterflies into the environ m en t can only harm wild populations- potentially spreading diseases, inapprop riately m ixing genetically distinct populations, and disru pting migratory pathways-and terribly disrupts the work of scientists trying to track butterfly movem ents. Every major scientist working wi th butterfl ies is opposed to th is practice, as is the North American Bu tte rfly Association, the Lepidopterists ' Society, and the Audubon Society.

48 fur the usual yellow form of Anise Swallowtail. Habitat: Open areas, including roadsides and disturbed habitats, from sea level to above treeline. Abundance: R-U (this color form). One brood. May-July. Mainly occurs along the eastern edge of Rocky Mountains, south through Colorado. Food: Parsley family. Comments: Hilltops. lndra Swallowtail Papilio indra Short-tailed forms (most of range) are distinctive. Tails are long~r from southwestern Col. south and southwestward through south~rn CaLnot~ the mainly black abdomen, except for a short yellow spot or stripe toward the rear.

Hybrids occur where the populations meet. Males are shown. Above, females are very similar but have more blue in the HW black border. Western Tiger Swallowtail Papilio rutulus The top spot of the HW submarginal spotband is yellow. Below, the FW marginal band is more or less continuous and the black stripe along the HW trailing margin is wide. Habitat: Widely distributed in woodlands. including suburban areas. especially near watercourses. Abundance: Mainly C. /Oct. in Pacific lowla nds. Food: Willows, aspens and many other trees.

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