Monday, April 13, 2009

Black-crested coquette

I got very strange looks at our local hobby store today when getting puppet supplies. 

Goal for the week 19hrs
assemble first bits of armature for the fingers of the first stop motion puppet
drill into Serenity's base add weights and re-seal.


The black-crested coquette (Lophornis helenae) is a crested hummingbird from forested areas of Central America and Hawaii. It is being considered for the red list as there is speculation that there may be less then 10,000 of them left. Oddly its markings look a great deal like a 2 inch nectar eating sphinx moth Aellopos titan even down to having an antenna like crest. I was not able to find any reason for the mimicry, such as the moth being toxic, so I guess that is a mystery. Here a link to a picture of the moth.

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