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Butterfly or Moth?

Sooner or later, every lepidopterist gets asked the inevitable question by a friend. What’s the difference between a butterfly and a moth?

The Aurelian’s response is always the same. How long have you got?

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Places, Species

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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Migration? Why bother?

The Aurelian was bumping around on the back seat of a minibus when the conversation turned to the topic of migration. Yes, many butterflies migrate, that much is in escapable, but why do they bother?

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What’s in a Name?

The Aurelian was having a conversation about long-tailed blues. There were a few minutes of discussion at cross purposes before he realised the problem.

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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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