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© Kal Muller, 2004. (Bahasa Indonesia)

01. The sago grub (not a worm) is one of the most esteemed delicacies of the Kamoro. Mature sago trees are felled and purposely left to rot. These trees are soon invaded by this grub, a weevil of the beetle genus Rhinchophorus, weighing 3 to 8 grams, the 3 to 7 per cent protein, 10 to 30 per cent fat and the rest water. The species-level identification is R. schack, the so-called sago worm.

02. If not eaten, the sago grub matures into the beetle family Rhinchophoridae or large weevils. The orange-tiped feelers are characteristic of the adult. As with other palm tree weevils, the beetle can cause damage to the trees, but this is not a major concern to the Kamoro. Other tribal groups also consider the sago grub a delicacy.

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04. The bright orange-patterned butterfly, Junonia villida, is quite common in the Timika area. Birds stay away from this butterfly, its bright coloration advertising its bad taste.

05. The swallow-tailed butterfly, Lyssa zampa docilis, lives up to the last part of its scientific name. Its delicate pattern and muted coloration perhaps seves to conceal it from predators. butterly farms could offer a source of income to the Kamoro.

06. In the tropical rainforest, at one of the Kamoro temporary jungle camps, this butterfly seemed to enjoy being near humans. The Hypolycaena danis usually feeds on orchids. Not at all skittery or shy, the butterly did not seem to be bothered by a macro lens being only a few centimeters away.

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