Insects: Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Introduction to the Gallery: Insects: Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
As a boy of 12 I was fascinated by every type of insect, especially butterflies. I collected them and raised many species from either eggs or caterpillars through to their metamorphosis into butterflies and moths. Unfortunately I ended up killing them and mounting them in a display case.
The camera has allowed me to reconnect with this passion and capture their beauty in a natural setting. Many species somehow find their way to our roof deck and the local tiger swallowtails actually breed on the deck since we happen to cultivate a favorite food plant. As for the taxonomy of these and other insects on my websites I admit that it’s not my best skill however with my manuals and the internet I have attempted to put a name to many of them.
As with all my nature photos if someone out there sees my pictures and can either correct or add scientific information it is certainly welcome!