18 June 2008

Paragliding after butterflies

The indomitable lepidopterist Torben Larsen, whose book Hazards of Butterfly Collecting was the subject of this review, has been continuing his butterflying adventures.

A few days ago, he e-mailed some recent installments of his long-running series Hazards of Butterfly Collecting that are regularly published in the Entomologists’ Record and Journal of Variation.

Torben has been involved in the capture of a Kallima species, an endemic Asian butterfly, in the middle of London (it turned out that the butterfly had escaped from the Regent’s Park Zoo), visited a "lost" mountain near the border of Jordan and Saudi Arabia to see Pseudophilotes jordanicus, whose only known habitat spans a flower patch of about 50x100 m at an altitude of 1700 m, and paraglided in Ghana with his butterfly net in his hand (but, alas, couldn’t catch anything).

Is there anything Torben Larsen wouldn’t do to catch a butterfly? (Torben’s photo appears here with his permission.)

I am looking forward to Torben’s next Hazards book.

1 comment:

Stylurus said...

This is excellent. Our days standing in mucky swamps waiting for the passing dragonfly doesn't even compare to paragliding for leps. What's next, will he bungee jump for brushfoots?