Edited By: Carol L Boggs, Ward B Watt and Paul R Ehrlich
739 pages, 30 col plates, 3 b/w illus, 110 line illus, 59 tabs
The first international synthesis of butterfly biology in 2 decades. The world's leading experts show how the study of these fascinating creatures as model systems can lead to deeper understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes in general. Covers the uses of butterflies in the study of behaviour, ecology, genetics and evolution, systematics, and conservation biology. Especially in the context of the current biodiversity crisis, this book shows how results found with butterflies can help us understand large, rapid changes in the world we share with them - for example, geographic distributions of some butterflies have begun to shift in response to global warming, giving early evidence of climate change that scientists, politicians, and citizens alike should heed.
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