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The butterfly’s wings are hand painted onto fine silk fabric using miniature paintbrushes and silk dyes. Their individual wing scales, so tiny as to require working with the aid of magnification are then painstakingly hand embroidered with fine hand made needles. The bodies are worked to the same exacting standard. Their form is moulded with tools fashioned from fine wire and feather quill. The hair on their backs, the crook of their legs, their dainty antennae – every detail is minutely considered. Each specimen butterfly takes up to ten weeks to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the species. In an ‘art for conservation initiative’, Jane is working to achieve all 72 British butterflies, including some extinct species and rare migrants.