This is the first in a four-volume series. This unique series includes for the first time all available present-day information for every butterfly species in the Levant. In addition to regular lists/catalogues and photographs of set specimens it presents photographs of all life-history stages, larval hostplants and adults in their natural biotopes, plus 18 categories of ethology (behaviour), conservation status, actual distribution and flight period which are not given by any present-day books.
The authors extend the boundaries of the Levant southwards to include the butterfly fauna of the northern Red Sea region in Egypt, Sinai and north-west Saudi Arabia. The book presents for the first time the butterflies of their remote and little-studied mountain chains, adding numerous new species, previously unpublished. The current volume includes 91 species: 10 species of Swallowtails (Papilionidae), 44 species of Whites (Pieridae) and 37 species of Skippers (Hesperiidae).