Pronophila Isobelae: Isobel Talks names butterfly then tracks it down in Ecuador rainforest


Pronophila Isobelae: Isobel Talks names butterfly then tracks it down in Ecuador rainforest

Girl, 6, names rare species of butterfly… then tracks it down in rainforest 13 years later with the help of just a map and a laminated photo

3:01 PM on 21st July 2011

Dream: Isobel Talks, 19, from Ashwell, Herts, won a competition to have a butterfly named after her when she was six - then tracked it down in the Ecuadorean rainforest 13 years later

Dream: Isobel Talks, 19, from Ashwell, Herts, won a competition to have a butterfly named after her when she was six – then tracked it down in the Ecuadorean rainforest 13 years later

Childhood ambition: Isobel was obsessed with butterflies as a child, and was delighted to have the species, now known as Isobel

Childhood ambition: Isobel was obsessed with butterflies as a child, wasdelighted to have the species, now known as Isobel”s Butterfly or Pronophila Isobelae, take her name – and swore to see it in the wild oneday

Well camouflaged: Isobel Talks spent days trying to find the butterfly - so rare that the female of the species has never been seen - in the Ecuadorian rainforest

Well camouflaged: Isobel Talks spent days trying to find the butterfly -so rare that the female of the species has never been seen – but eventually tracked the insect down with the help of just a map and a laminated photo