Lepidoptera

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Lepidoptera

Butterfiles and moths belong to the order of insects called Lepidoptera. This word is derived from Greek meaning that the wings are covered in scales (lepis: scale; pteron: wing). These insects have long captivated the human imagination and continue to today. More recently these insects have become important indicators of ecosystem health and could be considered the modern day canary in the coal mine. Their reliance on subtle temperature, plant composition and habitat niche requirements allow their presence or absence to tell us much about the qualities of our landscapes. Butterflies and moths are a rich subject for photography; like most insects their wide variety of behaviours are easily missed and the intense asthetic beauty sometimes under-estimated. The intamacy of macro photography enables many of these traits to be explored.

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