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The Hamadryas Butterfly is an extraordinarily unique genus of Neotropical Nymphaliae butterflies with a talent that can only be performed by a very small handful of other Lepidoptera. This talent is the ability to purposefully make a sound, more specifically a bacon-crackling sound. Because of this, the Hamadryas butterflies are referred to as the “Crackers”.
It is believed that the noise the Crackers make is caused by two swollen forewing veins that hit one another when the wing is lifted to it’s highest possible position. This isn’t an ambidextrous act and can only be done with one wing. They are short sounds, about a half a second long consisting of two clicks.
Most lepidopterists believe the purpose for this noise is communication among Hamadryas where males are either saying: “Hey, get out of my house punk!” or “What’s up pretty lady, why don’t you flutter my way”. A male Hamadryas will be perched in his tree guarding his area waiting for females to pass by. If another male were to enter this “claimed” area, the perched male will rush down from his position and give chase to the other male, clicking and crackling away at him until the invader is driven off. On the other hand, if a female Hamadryas enters their space, they will also crackle and chase, but it’s more of a courtship than a warning.
The thing about species communicating with each other is it tells us two things, the species has the ability to speak as well as the ability to listen. That means the Hamadryas also has the ability to listen to the crackling sound they produce through an ear known as Vogel’s organ. This ear is located near the base of where the wing meets the body, to be technical it’s at the base of the subcostal and cubital veins.
This photo was taken at the Butterfly Garden in Victoria.
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Beautiful picture of this butterfly from nice ppoint of view.
The red color under the wings is splendid. Both the sides of the wings are colorful.
Well done & TFS.
- [2011-06-26 2:38]
colorful unique species of butterfly. great underside view. good clarity and sharpness. thanks for sharing.
- [2011-06-26 9:33]
Really amazing butterfly, which we present it here very nicely. The underside of the wings is beautifully colored, while the upper side is less colorful. Very good capture with the perfect pose and nicely displayed details. Thank you for sharing and also for the very interesting information about the incredible capabilities of this butterfly. Have a nice day.