Butterflies

To further support the scientific evidence for the biological importance of southern Ecuador the scope of the second Parrots in Peril expedition was broadened to other taxa such as butterflies. Butterflies were collected and housed at the National History Museum in Quito, as well as other important collections around the world, including the National History Museum in London. The expeditions managed to collect several new species to science.

This section contains the discoveries and the resulting publicity. Please also see Media.

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How Isobel’s butterfly was discovered and named

wild-about-animals_-isobels-butterfly_1999 An article in Wild About Animals that describes how Isobel Talks won the naming rights for a butterfly (Isobel's butterfly) discovered on the Parrots in Peril Ecuador expeditions. ADD VIDEO LINK TO MEDIA ...
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Local press interest in new discovery of butterflies in Ecuador

new-species-1998-south-london-guardian Several local London newspapers (where Paul was a local resident) published stories about the Parrots in Peril expeditions finding new species of butterflies. Here is one example! ...
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New species of butterfly discovered: Splendeuptychia toynei

splendeuptychia-toynei-paper-describing-the-new-species This paper by Willmott and Hall, two butterfly experts in the USA, describes one of the new species to science we found from our butterfly survey of Podocarpus National Park. It is called Splendeuptychia toynei - the clue is in the name! Yes it was a great honour for Paul to have a butterfly named after him. Whilst at WWF, Paul auctioned off the naming of another new butterfly we discovered to raise conservation funds. Isobel Talks won the ...
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Making the local press after discovering new butterfly species in Ecuador

butterfly-south--press Several local press covered the story that  new species of butterflies had been found by a local resident, Paul Toyne. Here is one article in the South London press. Many years later Isobel Talks contacted Paul for helping in finding the butterfly named after her. With Paul's help she went back to Ecuador in her gap year before university to find her butterfly in Podocarpus National Park. This successful trip generated more publicity to highlight the biological importance of ...
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New butterfly species discovered by the Parrots in Peril expedition

Whilst at WWF, I auctioned off the naming of another new butterfly we discovered to raise conservation funds. Isobel Talks won the naming right and I helped her to go to Ecuador to find her butterfly in the wild!   You can find the video link to the news story here add video link The science behind the identification of the butterfly is described by expert Tomas Prcyz in Poland in his attached paper. pronophila1 ...
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