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Watch out little butterfly!

A little butterfly skipping from flower to flower in the late afternoon sunshine.

Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae L.)
Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae L.)

Enjoying little sips of nectar. Seemingly oblivious to the cares of this world.

tortoiseshell-ups
Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae L.)

Yet there lurks a trap for this innocent little sprite. A spider has cast its net.

Orb spider with butterfly capture
Orb spider with butterfly capture

Nature is not nice, or sweet. The innocent get consumed. Do the fittest always survive? Or does blind chance decree who gets caught and who remains free to fly another day?

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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.

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