In the late 1990's a friend and experienced butterfly breeder introduced me to the possibilities of raising butterflies and moths myself . This enabled me to have access to pristine, newly-emerged insects to photograph.
I started to experiment with table-top photography of butterflies and moths to see if I could improve on the often indifferent results that I was achieving "in the wild". I usually refer to this as my "studio". This may sound rather grandiose, but there are similarities with a professional studio in that I have a reasonable degree of control over the photographic environment. The techniques that I developed are described elsewhere, but I think the results speak for themselves.
For my first serious foray into studio nature photography I concentrated on moths. This was in part because they tend to be far easier to photograph than butterflies (most are night-fliers and will sit still during the day!) but also because I have always felt moths to be underrated as subjects. They are not all "small brown annoyances" as someone once described them; many are large, colourful and very attractive.