Life in Newburgh on Ythan

By Talpa

The fruits of evolution in a Norman wood

The more I think and read about evolution by natural selection, the more gobsmacked I become.

It's the fine scale detail that really impresses me. Take for instance this battered looking old leaf. Battered it may be, but it has been battered by an expert. A moth caterpillar has cut and twisted the leaf and then stitched it into place with silk to form a tube-shaped refuge in which to safely pupate. Is that not just utterly amazing?

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