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Scrutinising Scarce

We know that some butterflies are more common that others. We usefully distinguish between the generalists – those insects that can be found pretty much anywhere, and the habitat specialists, whether that specialism is mountains, woodland, mangroves, rain forest or whatever. But what does it take for a butterfly to be accurately called “scarce”?

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Activities, Places

Taking the Bait

Knee deep in mud, attacked by blood-sucking leeches and pestered by savage mosquitoes, while vainly pursuing butterflies that refuse to descend from the canopy high above – this is butterflying in the tropical rainforest. 

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Places

Location, location, location

There’s a spot just twenty minutes drive from the heart of Sofia in Bulgaria. It’s a wooded area where a small stream joins a larger river alongside the main road, near enough the city that there’s a bus stop. Nothing remarkable, that’s it in the photograph. You could drive past on your daily commute for years, and never feel a need to stop.

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Places, Species

A Place of Their Own

With over four hundred species of butterfly represented in Australia, it’s tempting to think that the whole continent offers a bonanza to the keen amateur lepidopterist. However, that figure is not what it seems.

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