User:Chiswick Chap

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The octopus ... seeks its prey by so changing its colour as to render it like the colour of the stones adjacent to it; it does so also when alarmed. — Aristotle

Hallo, I'm Chiswick Chap, or CC for short: for what it's worth, Chiswick is a place and chap means a man. I have specialised in natural history articles, including naturalists and their books, but to my surprise I seem to have a soft spot for Victorians, while working on camouflage led me all over the place including into the mysteries of military history. Similarly, interest in patterns in nature led to tessellation, a meeting-place of mathematics and art. Another track is English cuisine, where I found a void in coverage of even the most important historic cookery books. I seem to enjoy creating order out of chaos, which is fortunate as there is a considerable supply of suitable articles.

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Camouflage and coloration[edit]

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Iron and steel[edit]






Frenulo-retinacular wing coupling in male and female moths



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Tail-piece by Thomas Bewick


Linnaeus's sexually-charged drawing of Venus dione, 1771 (guess what the labels said)
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