Friday, 27 April 2018

A to Z Challenge: X is for Xerces

Only THREE MORE days left in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. Can you believe it?

Not sure what the challenge is about? Click here for the deets, or here for my theme reveal. And of course, you're welcome to read my past posts—starting with the letter "A" here.

Also, if you haven't read my "C is for canola" post, you should—you could WIN a set of all 16 of the Superman Duffy graphic novels, signed by the author. (Or scroll through my other posts for other ways to win...but you should hurry. The contest ends MAY 1!)

X is for Xerces

I have a love / dislike relationship with my sister, Amelia. Most days, I don't mind hanging out with her—reading, chasing butterflies, cooking, even crafting.

But Amelia can be annoying too. Like, the way she talks about bugs...she likes them! Not all of them—she's not much a fan of mosquitoes—but she's not afraid of spiders, or moths, os even Bertha worms, which a lot of farmers DO fear because they can be detrimental to crops.

Maybe it's because the author of the Superman Duffy series of graphic novels gave my sister her own book—and essentially her own super power. Yup, Amelia Xerces (that's her real middle name) Duffy is a junior entomologist...someone who knows a LOT about bugs. And while she can be really annoying sometimes, "cartoon me" is grateful for her in the book about bugs. She, er, well, she saves me and our friend Sophie from some bugs of unusual size. It's quite an adventure.

But Xerces ins't just my sister's middle name. It's also the name of a "non-profit environmental organization that focuses on the conservation of invertebrates considered to be essential to biological diversity and ecosystem health. The name is in honour of the extinct California butterfly, the Xerces blue."

I'm pretty sure my parents had NO idea that their daughter would have such an interest in bugs...but they couldn't have picked a more fitting middle name.

Gotta jet! Grab your copy of AMELIA XERCES DUFFY from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission...or, you know, read through pas posts (especially C!) for a chance to WIN the whole set.

See YOU tomorrow.

~ Chase Superman Duffy

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