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Jamie Samman

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How do you perceive butterflies and moths?

I'm spending my final year of study at Northumbria University looking specifically at what design can do to protect the diminishing species of butterflies and moths in the UK. I'll be exploring how we perceive butterflies and moths, and the potential to change peoples' attitudes towards conservation.


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Hi everyone,

I'd just like to say a massive thank you for all your contributions, you've all been a great help!

My project is really gaining speed now, I've spoke to a butterfly conservationist and an entomologist, and am in the process of contacting a farmer to talk to, so I can get a good picture of the implications of farming to butterfly conservation.

The emotional side of butterflies and moths is something you've made me really excited about, and the power of these insects as an educational tool is fascinating.

Thanks you all so much,

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    Nov 24 2013: There's an AskmeAnything on Reddit right now with a guy who dissects moth penises for work (this is to confirm species, amazing what you learn everyday!)
    Just thought that I'd jump in and say that...
    Link: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1rcu9p/iama_moth_penis_dissector_by_profession_ama/

    Oh and I like both moths and butterflies, butterflies more because of the rich colors I think.
    I think that design has a huge part to play in the survival of these species, providing sanctuaries for these creatures throughout the cities (and countryside) is important for the biodiversity and ecosystems of the world.
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      Nov 25 2013: wow I'm staggered by the fact there are over 3000 people talking about the manhoods of moths! Cheers for your input Jimmy, really made me chuckle. And you're absolutely right, sanctuaries play a massive role in the conservation of these insects, and they're not really something I considered until you mentioned it. Next stop, the nearest butterfly haven!

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