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Robert Thompson’s interest in natural history began during his childhood explorations of a large parkland estate where he grew up. He is a professional freelance natural history photographer and author with a number of well-known publications to his credit on natural history and nature photography. He has also been a major contributor to many other natural history publications in Britain and Europe. He is widely acknowledged as a specialist in close-up and macro photography and was awarded a Direct Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society for his work in the field of macro photography. He also sits on the Royal Photographic Society's Natural History Advisory Panel for their distinctions and is also a Fellow of the Irish Photographic Federation.

As an active conservationist, he has worked on a number of high-profile natural history recording projects in Ireland for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, National Parks and Wildlife Service in the Republic of Ireland and television. He has a particular interest in dragonflies, butterflies and moths. His work is widely published in the UK, Ireland and internationally. He is a frequent writer and contributor to the photographic press and other natural history publications and has had several solo exhibitions of his work including the aerial landscape collection from the highly acclaimed 'Natural History of Ulster'. His work has also been featured in Nikon Pro magazine and has worked with Nikon UK.
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Buprestid jewel beetle (Anthaxia hungarica) on Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) flower. South of Casteil, Pyrenees Orientales, south west France. May. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Buprestid jewel beetle (Anthaxia hungarica) on Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) flower. South of Casteil, Pyrenees Orientales, south west France. May.
Large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Brackagh Moss NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. May. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) Brackagh Moss NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. May.
Apollo (Parnassius apollo) on flower, Col du Lombardie, Isola village, Mercantour National Park, Provence, France, July. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Apollo (Parnassius apollo) on flower, Col du Lombardie, Isola village, Mercantour National Park, Provence, France, July.
Cummeenduff Lake and Broaghnabinnia mountain, Black Valley, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, November 2011 - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Cummeenduff Lake and Broaghnabinnia mountain, Black Valley, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, November 2011
Scarlet elf cup fungus (Sarcoscypha coccinea) amongst Opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium). Clare Glen, Tandragee, County Armagh. March. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Scarlet elf cup fungus (Sarcoscypha coccinea) amongst Opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium). Clare Glen, Tandragee, County Armagh. March.
Four spotted chaser (Libellula quardrimaculata) Montiaghs Moss NNR, Aghalee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, June. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Four spotted chaser (Libellula quardrimaculata) Montiaghs Moss NNR, Aghalee, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, June.
Provence orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis euphenoides) resting on Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). South of Casteil, Pyrenees Orientales, south west France. May. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Provence orange-tip butterfly (Anthocharis euphenoides) resting on Oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). South of Casteil, Pyrenees Orientales, south west France. May.
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) on route de Turni, North of Moulinet, Mercantour National Park, Provence, France, June. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca) on route de Turni, North of Moulinet, Mercantour National Park, Provence, France, June.
Sawfly larvae (Nematus pavidus) defensive posture, Peatlands Park, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. September. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Sawfly larvae (Nematus pavidus) defensive posture, Peatlands Park, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. September.
Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) Peatlands Park, County Armagh, Ireland, October. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) Peatlands Park, County Armagh, Ireland, October.
Red-eyed tree frog {Agalychnis callidryas} resting in Bromeliad flower, Nicaragua, June - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Red-eyed tree frog {Agalychnis callidryas} resting in Bromeliad flower, Nicaragua, June
Borage flowers (Borago officinalis) near Nice, south of France, June. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Borage flowers (Borago officinalis) near Nice, south of France, June.
Crocus flower (Crocus sp) stigma - close up. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Crocus flower (Crocus sp) stigma - close up.
Garden tiger moth (Arctia caja) Killard Point NNR, Ballyhornan, County Down, Northern Ireland.July. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Garden tiger moth (Arctia caja) Killard Point NNR, Ballyhornan, County Down, Northern Ireland.July.
Noctuiid moth (Panthea coenobita) resting on bark. Ostretin, Pardubice, Czech Republic. April. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Noctuiid moth (Panthea coenobita) resting on bark. Ostretin, Pardubice, Czech Republic. April.
Elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor) portrait, Brackagh Moss National Nature Reserve, Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. April. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Elephant hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor) portrait, Brackagh Moss National Nature Reserve, Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. April.
View from Altweary Bay to Melmore Head, Rosguill Peninsula at dusk, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. August 2014. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / View from Altweary Bay to Melmore Head, Rosguill Peninsula at dusk, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. August 2014.
Skelleg Michael Monastery Steps, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. June 2014. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Skelleg Michael Monastery Steps, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. June 2014.
Razorbill (Alca torda) in flight, Great Saltee Island, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland, June - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Razorbill (Alca torda) in flight, Great Saltee Island, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland, June
Hawthorn berries (Crataegus monogyna) Brackagh Moss NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Hawthorn berries (Crataegus monogyna) Brackagh Moss NNR, Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Military orchid {Orchis militaris} close up of flowers, Europe - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Military orchid {Orchis militaris} close up of flowers, Europe
Variable damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum)  Brackagh Moss Natural Nature Reserve, Portadown, County Armagh. Northern Ireland, June. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Variable damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) Brackagh Moss Natural Nature Reserve, Portadown, County Armagh. Northern Ireland, June.
Silkmoth (Pseudautomeris luteata) male, Maua da Serra, Brazil. Controlled conditions. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Silkmoth (Pseudautomeris luteata) male, Maua da Serra, Brazil. Controlled conditions.
Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) flower, Clare Glen, Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) flower, Clare Glen, Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) flying to fuchsia flower,  Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) flying to fuchsia flower, Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Close up of eyespot of Silkmoth (Caligula thibeta) from Southern China. Controlled conditions. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Close up of eyespot of Silkmoth (Caligula thibeta) from Southern China. Controlled conditions.
Owlfly sulphur (Libelloides coccajus) on flower, near Gavarnie, Pyrenees National Park, France, June. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Owlfly sulphur (Libelloides coccajus) on flower, near Gavarnie, Pyrenees National Park, France, June.
Black darter dragonfly (Sympetrum danae) female at rest on Bog Asphodel, Montiaghs Moss, Aghalee, County Antrim, Ireland, July. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Black darter dragonfly (Sympetrum danae) female at rest on Bog Asphodel, Montiaghs Moss, Aghalee, County Antrim, Ireland, July.
Cleg fly (Haematopa pulvialis) adult at rest on bog myrtle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK, July - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Cleg fly (Haematopa pulvialis) adult at rest on bog myrtle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK, July
Oleander Hawkmoth (Daphnis nerii) resting, Southern Sicily, Italy. March. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Oleander Hawkmoth (Daphnis nerii) resting, Southern Sicily, Italy. March.
A cascade of waterfalls falling over a cliff in woodlands. Plitvice National Park, Croatia, May 2010. - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / A cascade of waterfalls falling over a cliff in woodlands. Plitvice National Park, Croatia, May 2010.
Sword-leaved helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia) in deciduous woodland. South of Casteil, Vernet Les Bains, Pyrenees Orientales, south west France. May 2018. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Sword-leaved helleborine (Cephalanthera longifolia) in deciduous woodland. South of Casteil, Vernet Les Bains, Pyrenees Orientales, south west France. May 2018.
Close up of head of Caterpillar larva of Eggar moth {Trabala vishnou} Phou Fa, Pongsali, north Laos. - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Close up of head of Caterpillar larva of Eggar moth {Trabala vishnou} Phou Fa, Pongsali, north Laos.
Pink-barred sallow moth (Xanthia togata) camouflaged amongst fading / diseased leaves, Annaloughan Bog, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK, August - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Pink-barred sallow moth (Xanthia togata) camouflaged amongst fading / diseased leaves, Annaloughan Bog, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, UK, August
Large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) on flower, Selshion Moss, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, May - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Large red damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula) on flower, Selshion Moss, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, May
Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) flowering in woodland, Clare Glen, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, March - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) flowering in woodland, Clare Glen, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, March
Early thorn moth (Selenia dentaria) camouflaged as dead leaf on stem, Argory, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, March - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Early thorn moth (Selenia dentaria) camouflaged as dead leaf on stem, Argory, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, March
Grey drake mayfly (Ephemera danica) female resting, Lough Melvin, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, UK, May - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Grey drake mayfly (Ephemera danica) female resting, Lough Melvin, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, UK, May
Herb robert {Geranium robertianum} flower, County Armagh, Northern Ireland - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Herb robert {Geranium robertianum} flower, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Green silver-lines moth (Pseudoips fagana britannica) Lackan bog, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Green silver-lines moth (Pseudoips fagana britannica) Lackan bog, County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon brittannicus) resting on flag iris, Norfolk Broads, UK June - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon brittannicus) resting on flag iris, Norfolk Broads, UK June
Small emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) on Speedwell flowers, Annagarriff Wood NNR, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, May - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Small emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) on Speedwell flowers, Annagarriff Wood NNR, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK, May
Black and red froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) East of Monte St Angelo, Gargano, Italy, April - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Black and red froghopper (Cercopis vulnerata) East of Monte St Angelo, Gargano, Italy, April
Torc River, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Torc River, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland.
Tongue orchid (Serapias lingua) flower, Pagi, Corfu. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Tongue orchid (Serapias lingua) flower, Pagi, Corfu.
Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) fungus, Peatlands Park Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) fungus, Peatlands Park Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) in flower, Lenaderg House, Banbridge Co. Down, Northern Ireland. - Robert  Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) in flower, Lenaderg House, Banbridge Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
Marsh helleborine {Epipactis palustris} flowers, The Bull NNR, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, July - Robert Thompson
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Robert Thompson / Marsh helleborine {Epipactis palustris} flowers, The Bull NNR, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, July
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