This is just a short page of photos taken during an entomological trip to French Guiana (northern South America) between 22nd November and 9th December. The trip was led by Andrew Neild, a professional Lepidopterist, expert on Neotropical butterflies and author of “The Butterflies of Venezuela“.
There were just 4 of us (Andrew, myself and Ian & Soula Steven) – Ian was after butterflies, I made a complete fool of myself running around after wasps & bees and Andrew shared his time out between us, dividing whatever he caught with the most appropriate person.
The trip was timed to coincide with the end of the dry and the beginning of the wet season and we pretty much got it spot on. The weather was always hot (32C during the day, 23C at night) and usually sunny but the frequency of (very) heavy downpours got more and more throughout the trip. These wet periods didn’t hinder us much though because it tended to concentrate insect activity to the sunny spells.
The above photos are all (c) Andrew Neild, 2000.
The next batch of photos are all taken from my old slides from the holiday. The quality is a bit rough in places but they have been scanned and recovered from some really terrible slides!