The tiny brain of a fly!

Some people may have seen the image of a fruit fly brain published last month (January 2020), by C. Shan Xu, and a large number of coworkers, and picked up by many media outlets. The ‘map’ or 3-D graphic (see below) was compiled by a team of scientists, called FlyEM, from the company Google, and…

Paris Peacock butterfly scales

The tropical Paris Peacock (Papilio paris) butterfly – not to be confused with the temperate or European Peacock ( (Inachis io) – is widely distributed throughout India and South East Asia.  This species is relatively common on the slopes of Doi Chiang Dao, a mountain in northern Thailand.  These butterflies are often seen mud-puddling on sandy soils…