Wednesday, 3 June 2009
I've got my eyes on you
I'm giving the moths a break for a few days, after catching several of the same ones two or three nights running. I'm not sure what the scientific wisdom is on this, but I guess that a spell of successive visits to the trap leaves them feeling the same as we did as students, after too much partying.
Here, meanwhile, is an image which I just had to pass on. Not taken by me, needless to say. It's from the picture library at the Natural History Museum in London which is running an excellent attraction called the Butterfly Jungle until 27 September - open daily, 10am - 6pm (last admissions 5pm), see www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/butterfly-jungle/index.html
A friend's been and much enjoyed it. He sent me a set of postcards including this, which is the head of a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly magnified more than 25 times. Scary and hairy, eh, but stunning what intricacies there are in a passing, short-lived and common, although very beautiful, insect.