The colorful concentric and contrasting circles, or eyespots, that we see on butterfly and moth wings function in two ways as defense against predators.

The first theory is that the false eyes evolved as a way to intimidate a predator by mimicking the eyes of a snake or mammal. The attacker thinks they are facing a large dangerous animal. The wings that have the most glistening eyespot centers are found to be the most effective in deterring predators.

A second use for the eyespots may be to draw attention away from the main body parts, the head, thorax, and abdomen. If the predator takes a snip out of the butterfly’s colorful wing, the butterfly is more likely to survive than if its head is attacked.

Eyespots don’t just appear on butterflies–fish, reptiles, birds, and many other species of insects have developed false eyes.

The beautiful eyespots of the Common Buckeye Butterfly


Wow! Cape Ann in Kenya! đź’–đź“š

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“This is Adare who just returned from Kenya,” writes Deborah French, Library Director of the TOHP Burnham Library in Essex, Massachusetts. The family captioned the photograph “So here is Cape Ann Reads with a giraffe!” What a super travel photo, and kind shout out to Cape Ann Reads and Cape Ann.

Several captivating and compassionate picture books included in the Once Upon a Contest: Selection from Cape Ann Reads travel exhibition currently on view at Cape Ann Museum focus on animal friends. Stop by to read the new books and see if you can find all the giraffe illustrations.

More Cape Ann Reads and library news: Gloucester Daily Times visits TOHP Burnham Library, Essex, Ma.

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Diane Polley read from her Cape Ann Reads award winning picture book”Let’s Go Animal Tracks in the Snow” Jan. 22, 2019 | photographer Paul Bilodeau captures scenes from the author reading and arts activity