312 pages, 350 colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations
A lavishly illustrated book covering the butterflies of the world with informative text written by an expert author who has spent many years watching and studying Lepidoptera around the world. Opening chapters cover the evolution, anatomy, lifecycle, ecology and taxonomy of the world's butterflies. The bulk of Butterflies of the World comprises chapters offering comprehensive coverage of each of the world's butterfly families, from the spectacular swallowtails, apollos, morphos and birdwings through to the cryptic browns, whites, skippers and hairstreaks. The pages are illustrated with hundreds of stunning colour photographs showing more than 350 images taken, mainly by the author, in locations around the world.
Put simply this will be the best book of its kind on the market anywhere in the world. It will be an essential reference for butterfly enthusiasts everywhere, from amateurs right through to academics
PART 1 12
Origin, evolution and speciation 18
PART 2 26
The butterfly lifecycle 48
Enemies of butterflies 82
Strategies for survival 90
Migration and dispersal 110
PART 3 118
The Butterfly families 120
PART 4 328
Habitats and conservation 330
PART 5 342
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Author Adrian Hoskins has spent the last 25 years studying and photographing butterflies around the world, including many destinations in South and Central America, Africa, Europe and Asia. He organises and leads butterfly-watching tours to many of these fabulous regions.