Gray Cracker Butterflies

7 02 2013

Have you ever met a noisy and aggressive butterfly?  Gray Cracker Butterflies (Hamadryas greycracker6685

are hanging out in our yard, trying to intimidate each other with their cracking noises (sounds kind of like castanets or popping small bubble wrap by twisting it). Here is a picture I took of a Grey cracker blending in:

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 Here you can see some still pictures of their great camo.  Check out these videos I took and make sure your sound is turned up (difficult to catch because butterflies fly pretty quickly):

They also actually chase and intimidate our rufous tailed hummingbirds (who are aggressive in their own right – they’ve been chasing off each other and a long billed hermit who tries to drink here).

A thought on aggression from V. S. Naipaul ” If you decide to move to another country and to live within its laws you don’t express your disregard for the essence of the culture.  It’s a form of aggression.”  As Americans living in a place that will never be like the US, we need to be careful to appreciate Belizean culture, knowing we are not here to change it.

In 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 Paul says “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”  In ‘Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret’, his ministry completely took off when he started dressing like the Chinese people. He realized that there was a culture, and changed his appearance to fit into it, because of the message, not his desire for ‘worldliness’. He changed, the message stayed the same. We need to understand how to apply these concepts to our lives here.


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