Who? Who? Doesn’t love an owl butterfly? 

I’m sure I can guess what you’re thinking. What exactly is an owl butterfly and why is it named so? Well above you’ll see one of my pictures of this big and beautiful butterfly. The owl part of the name is because of that gorgeous owl eye they have on their wings. What is the purpose of this eyespot? Well, it’s to either scare off predators that might eat it and it has the double advantage of directing their attention if they do attack away from their main body. If they are attacked they can still escape and live another day.

These butterflies are especially fascinating because they are crepuscular which basically means they come out in the twilight hours of dawn and dusk as opposed to being diurnal like most. This fascinated me because I’ve been studying butterflies since I was a little girl and actually worked at a butterfly garden when I was twelve years old. I’ve never come across any with that adaption and was wondering why when I came across them before that they were resting while the other species were feeding and breeding.

The movements when they fly will make you smile or even laugh, they flap their wings heavy and sound like a bat instead of light and soundless like most. I have never seen any move quite like them with the clearly audible beating of their wings. They will chase each other for short distances and then end up on a leaf where they stay motionless.  Their camouflage is so perfect especially if they are on a tree that they melt into the color of the bark except for their owl eye. 
Now here is an amazing picture I was able to take of the Owl and the more popular and well known blue morpho. They are related to each other but as I was discussing with an entymotologist that they are more ‘kissing cousins’ with their relation. The blue morpho is that stunning butterfly with blue irredescent wings that refract the light to produce the metallic blue we see.

I kept asking at the special event why their behavior is so different from other butterflies. Moths are generally nocturnal though there are some who bend the rules in this. The consensus was it might be an adaption to predators to evade being eaten. When I did some digging online it turns out that they are from one of the oldest genera on earth, Brassolis. Yet again their fascinating crepuscular/nocturnal behavior wasn’t explained so I guess it’s a secret the Owls will keep.

Have you met our Star? Here’s our star!

One of the things I’ve done recently is another class. This whole month is filled with classes for us to go to, continuing education to do, and it is just a busy month. Which, I don’t mind too much because this whole month is the man being gone for business trips so it keeps me occupied and gives me something to do. This class was more prepared than the previous one I had and I was one of the first people who got there.

So, I got introduced to one of the instructors and it was pretty funny, and cute, how the manager didn’t just introduce me, but also told them what I’ve been doing lately. How I’ve been working hard on retail, I’ve been writing notes all the time and how that has helped, and it was just really nice with how she was pointing out all of the positive things I’ve been doing. It felt kind of like a proud mother thing she was doing so I was trying to fight a smile when she the manager was talking. It just had me feeling really good, even though the instructor was like, “Yeah, okay, alrighty.”

I did enjoy the class and thought that it was interesting. I think that I got more out of it then the last massage class I had because there was information I could use personally with my career, interactions with people, and on myself as well. The massage class was common sense, stuff we knew, and some other stuff thrown in there which was very interesting, but a little harder to use with my career.

One of the things that we learned is What kind of personality are you? There is the really emotional kind who will burst into tears if you look at them funny, the analytic kind, the one who is all about common sense, and the dynamic (which is all about gut reaction) kind of person. Which one do you think you are?

Now, with me, I’m not simple, or easy, and my personality, or how I learn, definitely gets involved in that. I end up being a mixture of everything in one. And, to learn I need auditory, touch, and visual all in one. That’s why I tend to be such a hard learner, and so when I teach, I was remember to be patient, repeat the steps, and ask them if they need me to show it a different way to make it work.