What makes some species common, yet others rare? Why are some species distributed widely while others are highly geographically restricted? These are the questions I’m attempting to answer as a graduate student at the University of Florida. My focal group is the clearwing butterflies (Nymphalidae: Ithomiini) of the New World or Neotropics. These butterflies are interesting for a million reasons, but for understanding patterns in abundance and distribution they are ideal among Neotropical insects.

I study clearwing butterflies but by no means are they my only interest. I find wonder in basically any plant or animal, and particularly those in tropical rainforests. I’ve created this blog to share some of the amazing things that I’ve had the good fortune to see and learn about during my time in the rainforest, in the Wild Tropics!

Please also visit my Flickr page to check out my photography: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dejeuxx/




5 responses to “About”

  1. Tina O'Harrow says :

    Would love to use some of your fabulous images on gift shop items in Natural History Museums in the U.S. Could you please contact me with your requirements? Thank you.


  2. Rebecca Frederickson says :

    I am working on a tv show and one of the producers is interested in inquiring about some images that he found on Wiki Commons of your fire ants. Your Flickr page says all rights reserved, but they are also appearing on the Creative Commons site, so I want to verify we could use them. If you email me at the address below I can fill you in on the show.



  3. Rebecca Frederickson says :

    Hi Geoff, I just sent a message about photos of ants. I think I may have referred to them as fire ants, but I meant bullet ants. Thanks!


  4. Michael Whitty says :

    Dear Geoff

    I am contacting you from the offices of Guinness World Records in London.

    We are very much considering using the below image of yours in the Guinness World Records 2017 book (published this September).

    If you would kindly give us permission for this then in order for us to do a final test on the layout may I request a high resolution un-watermarked image that we can send to production for final testing?

    Source info:

    Army ant bivouac

    Unfortunately I will not be able to completely confirm usage until June.

    If you could e-mail me a high resolution un-watermarked file asap it would be much appreciated.

    Any problems please do not hesitate to get in touch.


    Michael Whitty
    Head Of Pictures
    Guinness World Records


  5. Laura Barwick says :

    Hi Geoff
    I work freelance for a book publishing company here in the UK and we are interested in using one of your images of frog eggs. Please can you get in touch so we can discuss payment and usage?
    Many thanks
    Laura Barwick (UK)


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