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Adrian Hoskins, owner of this website, organises and
escorts private butterfly-watching tours
for individuals and small groups, to destinations
including Brazil, Costa Rica, Trinidad,
Peru, Ecuador, Malaysia, Borneo
I use the best ground operators
available in the countries visited.
Typically these tours are of 2-3
weeks duration, and we spend 3-4 days at each
allowing plenty of time to fully explore the habitats and get to know
the sites and their butterflies intimately. The sites are
thoroughly researched, and visits timed to coincide with the peak
Accommodation is chosen for
proximity to the butterfly habitats - sometimes we stay in eco
lodges, and at other times we use small hotels or guest houses.
We have even been known to camp on Amazonian riverbanks.
These are not
"follow-the-leader" trips - I encourage people to explore the
trails at their own pace, so that they can
study and photograph butterflies without a queue of people behind them. I do not permit
collecting, or the use of butterfly nets, but often run moth
lights at night. For further details
please contact me by
If you are interested in visiting Mexico or the
United States, I recommend the U.S. based operator
Sunstreak Tours, who run an excellent program of
butterfly-watching tours to various destinations in these areas.
If you are interested in visiting Europe, I
who both operate several European tours that focus heavily on
A more flexible option is to simply hire a car and
find your own way to the butterfly sites. There are so many superb
sites in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites that you can stop
almost anywhere and be guaranteed to find masses of Fritillaries,
Blues, Coppers and Skippers in almost any roadside meadow.
Bird-watching, wildlife & botanical tours
There are many operators who run
excellent wildlife watching holidays throughout the world, but
before committing to such a tour I strongly recommend that you check
the itineraries thoroughly and discuss the tour in detail with the
Most general wildlife tours are vehicle based,
with limited opportunities to explore on foot, particularly in
Africa or India. Even on occasions when you are able to walk the
habitats visited will often be poor for butterflies. Furthermore
most of these trips are timed for the late dry season when mammals
are easier to observe but butterflies will be scarce. In short, if
you want to see mammals go on a wildlife safari, but if you want
to see butterflies choose a tour which is designed for that
The same applies to bird-watching tours.
Birders typically want a tour that crams as many habitats as
possible into the itinerary, so they can build up the largest
possible species lists. These trips often allow very little time
for relaxed exploration, and usually tend to concentrate on areas
that are rich in birds but poor for butterflies, e.g. marshes,
sewage ponds, high altitude grasslands and deserts.
Botanical tours are
an option worth considering, as the pace will usually be very
relaxed allowing plenty of time for butterfly photography. The
sites visited will often be excellent for butterflies in
mid-summer, but don't expect to see masses of butterflies on
alpine trips in early spring, as the peak flight season for
butterflies in these areas is from mid-June to early August !