167 pages, colour photos
Australia is home to many beautiful butterflies, including eye-catching species such as White Nymph, Common Jezabel, Ulysses Butterfly and the gigantic Cairns Birdwing. Early chapters explore the butterfly lifecycle, showing the progression from egg through caterpillar and chrysalis stages to winged adult. lt also covers subjects such as defence mechanisms (camouflage and mimicry), feeding and introduced species.
There are many identification spreads on key species and families of Australian butterflies, including useful ‘quick comparison’ guides to similar species, such as those in the Brown and Blue families. Closing sections look at distinguishing a butterfly from a moth, key habitats, threats and conservation, and also offer tips on planting your backyard for butterflies.
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Garry Sankowsky has been studying and photographing Australian butterflies for many decades, and his immense knowledge and glorious images bring the subject to life.