Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Butterfly Effect

If this butterfly flapped its wings in the Amazon who know what would happen on the other side of the world! Or how fast.

I guess everybody has heard of the 'butterfly effect' which is the popular way to make reference to something really very amazing. Namely the Chaos Theory. The subject of chaos came up a few days ago when I was sorting out my emails and now it has come up again, in somebody else's household. And here's some tofu and potatoes research on the subject too. Read on...

By pure dumb luck I stumbled upon a butterfly identification site and see that this is an Atlas Moth. Not a butterfly at all. I see that the wing span is from 8 to 11 inches.

This photo was taken back in May while on a visit to the Devonian Botanical Gardens close to Edmonton.