Source: Butterfly Pavilion at Artis Zoo
Next time you visit a butterfly house and watch them feeding on some lovely fresh fruit, think of them forcing it down and wishing they could have some rotten fruit for a change!
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.