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2016: 1 - 55
Publication Date : 2017-04-19
Author/s : Andre Coetzer
Title :

Babbel Blues Issue 5 Summer 2016


Abstract :

Another six months has passed and it's time for a new Babbel Blues! The buttermoth season is well on its way, and we can only hope that the late rains will help to bring some much needed life to all the dry parts of South Africa! In this issue we start off by advertising some of the Society’s recent publications. This includes a massive once in a lifetime sale of SABCA (South African Butterfly Conservation Assessment) books, as well as some information about the recently launched Practical Guide that is available in e-book format. In this issue we also have some exciting trip articles from abroad. Starting with the biggest collection of African butterflies and talking to the man behind the "Voetspore" TV show, talking about driving through unexplored buttermoth terrain! We have a bilingual article on the mountains of Golden Gate, and then we continue with our regulars. There is also an informative article on how to get started with mothing for anyone who is interested, as well as some tips for rearing the early stages of buttermoths. We have another succinct identification guide to help sort out some tricky but common butterfly identifications, as well as some society news to wrap things up. We hope that you enjoy this issue, and please remember to send any comments or personal stories to the editorial panel. Enjoy the last few months of summer, and we look forward to hearing stories and trips and events! We are always looking for new articles so please feel free to send through any of your own article ideas or stories!


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2017: 1 - 34
Publication Date : 2017-04-19
Author/s : André Coetzer
Title :

Babbel Blues Issue 6 Summer 2017


Abstract :

Finally, another issue of this magazine has surfaced. Over the last few months many things have changed for the Babbel Blues team. Yolande Bode had a little girl, so parenting is now her full time job. Nina Parry is working full time on a paper for her Msc, and is also getting a fascinating waste recycling project going. I have tried to take over, but work and other projects on my side took much more time than planned for, hence this extremely delayed issue.

This issue has some great contributions from the LepSoc Africa founders, as well as from new and enthusiastic members. We start with an article about one of South Africa's most diverse butterfly hotspots hidden in the Wolkberg mountain range. Some photos from the Pearl of Africa follow, together with an article from an avid birdwathcer, describing how she experienced butterflies and how they fit into the very popular birding hobby. A speculative article about colour in butterflies and a great summary of the moth identification sources on the internet follows.
Babbel Blues was an experiment that we conducted to see what the feedback and response from members of the public would be. It was started by a few of us with absolutely zero experience in publishing, and it was great to see how it evolved. Our skills improved and while it may not be at the level of the African Geographics and other glossy print magazines (yet), we hope that it inspired some of you to look at butterflies through a different pair of eyes. We received over a thousand downloads each for the last few issues, so it’s probably a safe assumption to say that the experiment was a success.
Unfortunately it’s not all good news. The time it takes to compile and edit this magazine was completely misjudged, and is becoming too much for the editors. Unless someone else joins the editorial team to take over the management and the design aspects, this will probably be the last issue of this magazine to be published in this format. One thing is for sure, we need a vehicle for public articles. Metamorphosis has evolved into a very technical journal, and in its wake it left a large gap that needs filling! Wherever this path leads, we need a platform where trip reports, gardening articles and speculative babbling can be published without huge input from editors. So here’s to hoping we can find a way where the burden of publishing a magazine becomes manageable, and the quality keeps on getting better!
We hope that you enjoy this issue, and please remember to send any comments or personal stories to the editorial panel.
Happy butterflying!

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2015: 1 - 50
Publication Date : 2015-07-21
Author/s : Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
Title :

Babbel Blues Issue 4 Winter 2015


Abstract :

It is now coming to the end of the current buttermoth season, ushered out by the cold weather that is now upon us. But nev-er fear, a new buttermoth season is just around the corner, and this issue of Babbel Blues will tide you over with new and exhilarating butterfly stories and information while we wait for the cold to pass.In this issue we have continued and expanded on our regular sections with new photography tips, more butterfly identifica-tions and a new member from the council, as well as added to our more regular sections such as a phenomenal curry recipe in our Edible tips section.I hope that you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you, and if you would like to have any of your own stories and experiences with butterflies heard, please feel free to submit an article to us. There is a guideline for article submissions at the end of the magazine, so please don’t be shy and start writing! Your photos of butterflies are welcome as well.Happy buttermoth chasing!


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2015: 1 - 40
Publication Date : 2015-02-04
Author/s : Lepidopterists' Society of South Africa
Title :

Babbel Blues Issue 3 Summer 2015


Abstract :

We would like to give a hearty welcome to everyone for the new year! The butterflies are already out in great numbers, and I hope everyone is out and about with their nets and cameras.

We have a very interesting issue out this summer, and I hope this issue will inspire everyone to enjoy a great year ahead with many an adventure after new and exciting butterfly species.

The first article is a wonderful story from the President of LepSoc Africa and the author of a number of books on butterfly identification, Steve Woodhall. This is an exciting story following his experiences of his trip to the Eastern Cape, searching for and trying to photograph a number of rare butterfly species.


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2014: 1 - 58
Publication Date : 2014-09-01
Author/s : Lepidopterists' Society of Africa
Title :

Babbel Blues issue 2 Spring 2014


Abstract :

Welcome back to our second edition of Babbel Blues. The response was overwhelming from readers and we are thrilled that so many of you have taken the trouble to comment. A small number of the most interesting comments were entered into the lekking tree for interest sake. By and large the magazine itself was well received and enjoyed by all, a trend we will try and maintain! What a pleasure to put together a magazine with so much content. A heartfelt thanks to all the authors that contribute and if we were an audience I would have asked you to stand up and clap your hands. We would like to apologise for the glitch concerning multiple messages sent to everyone when the first edition was sent out. This was caused by a configuration problem in our mailing list, which has now been fixed. In this issue we have a number of very interesting arti-cles, not limited to, but including a trip to a very exotic place, a nostalgic view of the SABCA experience as well as some insight into the conservation needs of Lepidoptera across the whole of Africa. Our regular features have been continued and two new ones have been added, an insightful section on photography and the rearing of caterpillars. When looking at Facebook and other pages it is clear that there is a huge interest in this and we have asked some of the leading butterfly photographers to share some of their special tricks with us. In this issue a basic introduction is presented but in future editions some really interesting techniques will be explored. A few housekeeping notes are in order. We have compiled a list of the people who would prefer the higher quality version of the magazine. We will mail the basic version and provide a link for those people that would like to download the higher quality version as well. Also, a few people felt that the duplication of some articles in both languages was confusing, therefore we will split our distribution list into two – those that would prefer the bilingual version and those that would prefer the English version only. Rest assured, the content will be the same, with just a language difference.To finish off, we hope you enjoy this edition of Babbel Blues, and feel free to e-mail us comments and suggestions so that we can continue to improve this little e-magazine.


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