Today's Wonder of the World is...Fake Eyes!
Flickr photo by kingkonut
No! Not those!
They gives me the willies! (I love the term the willies. I must find out where it comes from.)
I mean fake eyes like these.
Flickr photo by Sun Chaser
See them looking at you?
I find it fascinating that nature provides some of its most vulnerable creatures protection with adaptations like fake eyes! All because nobody really likes to be stared at.
Well, some people probably do.
Flickr photo by Chris in KC
But being stared at is scary to most of us. Unless it's part of the mating ritual. Which can also be scary depending on who's doing the staring!
Did you know that many birds stop their mating dance if someone stares at them? Give the birds a little privacy, people!
Flickr photo by SaCaSeA
Back to fake eyes...
All kinds of insects and frogs and snakes and fish have fake eyes just for defensive purposes. Some of them flash their fake eyes at their enemy just to knock them off guard.
Flickr photo by saxonfenken
Or to make them think they're surrounded!
Flickr photo by kelpie1
Or that they're more powerful than they really are.
Flickr photo by Wilson Yang
Or just plain freaky, like this bug-eyed thing.
Flickr photo by Jen Salik
Oops. I didn't mean him. (Though he is kind of scary.)
I meant this big- eyed bug.
Flickr photo by mbm3290
I'd hate to find him under the covers.
Or the human one, for that matter. (No offense, bug- eyed guy. )
I myself am quite fond of fake eyes--especially those of the wiggle variety.
They have their place in life, and right now their place is on my son's stapler
And on his inhaler
And all over his room.
It's a birthday surprise for him to find when he comes home from camp.
Wiggle eyes just crack me up.
And so do these butterfly eyes!
Flickr photo by raelface
Have a Wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!