The amazing world of lepidopterology

Jon Pillans Shows off part of his collection of rare and unusual butterflies and moths at the latest U3A meeting Picture: ROB KNOWLES

Jon Pillans from East London has studied moths and butterflies for many years and is an expert in the field of these useful and mostly harmless creatures that help pollinate plants and act as a food source for other creatures such as birds, bats and reptiles.

“Moths usually only live for between 24 and 36 hours. They have no mouth parts and therefore cannot feed. Once they have pupated there is a limited time for them to do their job, which is essentially mating and producing the next generation,” Pillans explained.

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