Image: Timor-Leste Terrestrial Expedition #49

Timor-Leste Terrestrial Expedition #49

'Moths and butterflies require special handling in the field, as their scales are easily rubbed off making them useless as collection specimens. This means that we often had to stay up late immediately after collecting at light to pin the catch. Micromoths (smaller than 1cm long) are pinned on tiny headless stainless steel pins into plastic and Styrofoam trays, with their wings spread by a gentle breath.'
- Dr Dave Britton
Timor-Leste Expedition

Photographer:
Jacquie Rescei
Rights:
© Australian Museum

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