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A link from my flist about how animals exercise morals through play behavior. Reminds me a lot of the moment of butterfly altruism my mom witnessed a year or two ago in her garden. Very cool article. Certainly supports Kropotkin's arguments about evolution through mutual aid.

And now I'm going to bed. I have to get some sleep before my appointment tomorrow, after all.
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My mom called earlier today to congratulate me about the book and chat for a few minutes. She told me about a very odd incident in her garden the other day. Mom has chickenwire over some flowers in a flowerbed so her cat won't get into them. Apparently a butterfly got stuck under the chickenwire and was trying to get out. The cat was pouncing the chickenwire and trying to get to the butterfly.

This is where things get strange. There was another butterfly that was attacking and trying to distract the cat. Mom says that when she freed the trapped butterfly both of the butterflies flew off together. She's never seen anything like that before and I've never honestly heard of such behavior in butterflies, but that was a fascinating bit of insect social interaction.

Wow. Butterfly altruism FTW.

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