Lachmann’s Stickleback

here’s one of those baitfish imitations that brings up the questions: how could i top this and why would i need anything else ?

to be honest, apart from tweaking it here and there by changing its size and colour schemes to match local baitfish, with less or more lead wraps or even weighted with dumbbell eyes maybe for a pronounced jigging action, i don’t think i could and this fly sums up what a baitfish imitation should be so, can’t and no.

be sure to check out Holger Lachmann’s site The One Fly for lots more in the yummy fly department. enjoy !

black and white Butterfly

via the New York Zoological Society (1896)

butterfly fish

these magnificent little tropical fish are very colourful and have a distinctive black stripe that goes down their head, covering the eyes (“to confuse predators”) when they’re alive but the subtle transparency and graphic qualities outlined by the fish’s bone structure make this zoology specimen quite beautiful, even in its death.

Entomology- Fish were the first Fornicators

“That is a really big step.” indeed. that’s right folks, contrary to what our mammalian pride might have us believe, recent research suggests our slimy Microbrachius dicki… friends beat us at doing the do about 385 million years ago.

“Constrained by their anatomy, the fish probably had to mate side by side.

“They couldn’t have done it in a ‘missionary position’,” said Prof Long. “The very first act of copulation was done sideways, square-dance style.”

fish first sex BBC
we won’t hold it against them but starting off by doing it side-to-side instead of the natural, universally accepted from-behind was a brave yet stupid move and Evolution rightly punished them for this nonsense. “Surprisingly, the researchers think this first attempt to reproduce internally was not around for long. As fish evolved, they reverted back to spawning. It took another few million years for copulation to make a come-back, reappearing in ancestors of sharks and rays.” dummies…

“It is very remarkable that we haven’t noticed this before.” 

click either image for the complete article on BBC News Science and Environment. enjoy !square-dancing BBC

these guys look like cute little robots with sporty sunglasses. i think this would make a lovely tattoo.