ALTculture 9/2018: FOR THE LOVE OF BUTTERFLIES IN SOUTHERN GEORGIA By Richard Roche Twenty years ago a young man in southern Georgia in the USA chased a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly through a field of flowers until he captured it in his butterfly net. After softly crushing the butterfly’s thorax with his forefinger and thumb, he gently placed it in a killing jar containing ethyl acetate. He closed the jar’s lid and took it home where he eventully secured the butterfly’s lifeless body with its outspread wings on a mounting card to show his friends his love of butterflies. Today the same butterfly collector captures beautiful images of butterflies with a digital camera and permits them to fly away to live another day. Fortunately the collector also has created a butterfly flower garden at his home which brings butterflies to him so that it is no longer necessary for him to take routine trips to the fields to see butterflies.
The Romanian Connection This spy/love story occurs in the beautiful, fledgling democracy of Romania, where the police and military are still struggling to overcome the dictatorial ways of their communist past.