Whenever someone begins a sentence, “Can I ask you a question about butterflies?” the odds are good, particularly if I’m in North America at the time, that it is going to be a question about Monarchs. And there’s plenty of reasons for this. Even if Monarchs aren’t prominent among your local lepidoptera there is simply something about these vivid black-and-orange butterflies that has captured the popular imagination.
Back in 1971, Dan Jason published “Some Useful Wild Plants; A Foraging Guide to Food and Medicine From Nature,” a book that eventually sold over 30,000 copies and became one of the best known books on foraging for wild plants in Canada and the northern United States.
Word has recently reached me in my own little corner of The Shire that this coming August will see the publication of a book that I very much hope turns out to be as clever as it has the potential to be: “Flora of Middle-Earth; Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium.”
Although they created their YouTube channel back in November of 2011, the Linnean Society of London hasn’t been particularly active on the site since then. However just over three weeks ago they began uploading some very interesting presentations as video podcasts, making them available for the edification of all.