Thursday, April 13, 2006


Australia by lednichenkoolga on flickr
I’m headed off to Australia to lead an excursion party of renowned butterfly hunters in search of the famous Belenois Invisibilis (Invisible Butterfly)-- So I’ll be back in a few weeks. My journey will take me to the largest remaining sub-tropical rain forest in the world—The Australian “outback”.
Transparent butterfly by Young in Panama on flickr

The transparent butterfly seen here is a direct descendant of Belenois Invisibilis, which roam the outback near the forest floor. 

Where there are transparent butterflies, there are Belenois Invisibilis’.
The only known photo of an invisible butterfly is seen here on this flower. One has never been taken into captivity. I hope to capture one towards the end of my expedition because their lifespan is only 5 days, and I want to show it off while it’s still alive.
Purple flower by aldenchadwick on flickr

It will be a tough hunt, because they are 99% invisible. Only their food and feces are visible, so we will be tracking their droppings, which are rather small, about the size of this dot (.)

I am equipped with a magnifying glass, butterfly net, safari gear and saddle bags, and my Crocodile Dundee outfit (I want to look cool in case I run into Jungle Jane in the bush.) I will meet my team at 0600 hours Sunday, and after a boiled egg breakfast to celebrate Easter, we will begin our journey.

I plan to sell my bounty on eBay, and donate the proceeds to my 'lint louse' expedition fund (my next project.) Wish me luck, and bon voyeurism!