Ooooh Butterflies

Butterflies are amazing creatures – their colours are outstanding, each species flies in a unique way, and some can even eat pollen!

In a lot of cultures butterflies are revered for their amazing ability to metamorphose from a caterpillar, so in my posts I hope do these lovely animals justice.

This butterfly is a Paper kite, or Tree Nymph (Idea leuconoe). They fly so beautifully, swooping and gliding around which is one reason why they got their name. Native children in Indonesia used to catch the butterflies and tie fishing string around the thorax. They would then “fly” them like kites. IMG_6266.JPG

My First Post!

Wow! It seems like it was only yesterday that I decided to leave school half way through A-levels to train to be a Conservationist/Lepidopterist/just about any profession to do with animals. But now I am setting up a website for my photography, from which I hope to share my passion for Nature with the public and hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

This lovely Gem of a butterfly is the Indian Leaf-wing (Kallima paralekta), when they close their wings their name becomes apparent due to the underside looking exactly like a dead leaf . Despite their name, the Leaf-wing is indigenous to Indonesia, specifically Java and Sumatra. Sadly I haven’t yet travelled to Indonesia,  I took this photo at Stratford Butterfly Farm – where I will be volunteering in the future.