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The Wild Episode


Hello and welcome to The Wild Episode - a collection of wonders, curiosities and occasionally horrors from the natural world. Check out the main website, www.thewildepisode.com, for more info and full shownotes!

May 10, 2023

Something very weird goes on in mating assemblies of the White-barred Acraea butterfly - males and females swap roles. Why? And what can it tell us about a secret natural force shaping whole populations of insects?

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Music

Opening & Closing Themes: Running Waters and Acoustic Meditation by Audionautix (Jason Shaw), from audionautix.com. CC BY 3.0.

Modified versions of: Headway, modum and periculum by Kai Engel, CC BY 4.0