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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Field notes from an indie lepidopterologist

Vladimir Nabakov once famously said "It is not improbable that had there been no revolution in Russia, I would have devoted myself entirely to lepidopterology and never written any novels at all”.

Thus, in a subtle homage to the great butterfly-fancier, I give you my own mounted specimens ...


Not rare butterflies, but exquisite band badges (Indii pin badges rarum). Discovered in the wild (ie at various gigs in the United Kingdom) they provide the indie lepidopterologist with a unique insight into several now very rare (possibly extinct) species. Some have even believed to have mutated into popular variants of the musician class: moths to the flame of indiepop stardom.

Sad to say, despite having quite a liking for the band The Butterflies Of Love, I don't yet have a badge of theirs. Like Nabakov, I shall continue my hunt until I finally track one down ...

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