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The Annotated Budak: Helikopter by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Helikopter by @budak

It didn't take long to learn that the local guides, who often lapsed into a dialect peculiar to their far-flung corner of the archipelago, refer to damselflies as 'helikopter'. And once they realised we had little interest in feathered f(r)iends, unlike the vast majority of troopers who brave the highlands that overlook a lava strip of coconuts and paddy fields, the men readily indulged our pursuit of flightier quarry by pointing out choice specimens by the paths. By some quirk of prehistoric biogeography, there are no featherlegs in Sulawesi, an amoeba of an island where the creatures of a northern supercontinent dwell alongside the survivors of Gondwana. In many a seep and sundrenched brook, I sought in vain these dainty beasts, which haunt the darker portions of swampy woods in Sundaland, clinging to the tips of low shrubs with their wings half ajar and oft betrayed fro...

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