Wood white butterflies in Spain.
I took this photo with a small compact camera, which shows that you do not need expensive equipment to get close! It was only later when processing the image that I noticed that the butterfly on the left appears to have raised a partly unfurled proboscis. Was it offering the other one a drink? No, these are courting butterflies. For a more detailed account see my later blog: Wood-whites go-a-courting!
I am an entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.