We all start off bright and shiny! Our new scales glittering in the sunshine, bedazzling and bewitching all onlookers. But life gradually takes its toll; our scales fall off, bits of our wings get pecked out and our bodies get worn down. But we carry on flying and flitting about in the sunshine until that great bird in the sky swoops down and swallows us in a great gulp! Amen.
I am a retired 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.