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Butterflies of the World

Hardcover
, 312 pages

368 color photos, 1 line drawing, 5 graphs

ISBN:
9781421427171
October 2018
$34.95

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Butterflies of the World

Take a fascinating tour of the butterflies of the world guided by renowned lepidopterist and writer Adrian Hoskins, who shares hundreds of spectacular color photographs captured at butterfly hot spots around the world.

In the book’s opening chapters, Hoskins describes the evolution, anatomy, lifecycle, ecology, and taxonomy of the world’s butterflies. The second half of the book offers comprehensive coverage of every butterfly family, along with fascinating accounts of butterfly behavior. Readers of all backgrounds will be delighted and informed by interesting facts and stories about Lepidoptera, from the spectacular Tiger Swallowtail, Blue Morpho, and Tibetan Glory, to the legendary Giant Birdwings and the cryptic Variegated Rajah, Amber Phantom, and Scarlet-eyed Skipper.

Many books about these beloved creatures focus exclusively on photos of butterflies, with little accompanying text and scant scientific value. However, in this book, Hoskins provides a scientifically rigorous introduction to butterflies that is suitable for both laypersons and professionals. Lepidopterists will benefit from the unique and extensive taxonomically based survey, while enthusiastic amateurs will learn more about butterfly biology without being overwhelmed by jargon.

A unique global survey that touches on all butterfly families and subfamilies while celebrating their immense beauty and great diversity, Butterflies of the World is an essential reference and the best book of its kind.

Adrian Hoskins, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, has spent more than 35 years studying and photographing butterflies around the world. The author of 1,000 Butterflies: An Illustrated Guide to the World’s Most Beautiful Butterflies, he organizes and leads butterfly-watching tours.

"This book is one of those rare delights, a coffee table book full of readily digestible information, far more than anyone could consume at a sitting. One of the reasons I find it delightful is that Hoskins is a natural and passionate story-teller; the photos are simply superb; time and again I turn a page and shake my head at the startling beauty or even sheer implausibility of the image. This is a book to delight the eyes and the mind and to encourage us to see the world through new lenses."

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