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Moths and Butterflies – Urban Naturalist

March 3, 2016

Moths & Butterflies: Night and Day

The Urban Naturalist February edition was hosted in the Collection Study Centre by Dr Michael Dockery, who is one of our resident entomologists at The Manchester Museum.

We explored survival strategies found within several species of moths, including some species masquerading as bird droppings and those that blend perfectly into their environment.

Michael had also brought some fascinating examples of moths and butterflies from the museum’s collection to give us a close up view, including the largest species of butterfly in the world – Queen Alexandra’s birdwing (Ornithoptera alexandrae). This certainly trumped the largest British species the swallow tail (Papilio machao) for size, but perhaps not in beauty!

We also had the opportunity to try our hand at working out the distribution of wingspan variance within a population of moths!

I think I can speak for the rest of the participants in wholeheartedly thanking Michael for his fun and informative session; I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and certainly learnt a lot.

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