A World for Butterflies: Their Lives, Behavior and Future

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Butterflies are the most charismatic species of the insect world. Their brilliant colors, ability to fly, complex behavior, ecological relationships with plants and animals, and their broad distribution in a wide variety of habitats have fascinated people for centuries.

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Overview

  • Chosen by Booklist (American Library Association) as one of the 'Top 10 Sci-Tech Books' in 2000.

Butterflies are the most charismatic species of the insect world. Their brilliant colors, ability to fly, complex behavior, ecological relationships with plants and animals, and their broad distribution in a wide variety of habitats have fascinated people for centuries.

With over 300 color photographs and drawings, A World For Butterflies is a lavishly illustrated guide to the world of butterflies providing a wide range of information about this colorful and graceful insect.

The book is divided into five chapters, each focusing on a major question:

  • What are butterflies?
  • How many kinds of butterflies are there?
  • Where do they live?
  • How do they live?
  • What can we do to help them survive?

Among the many topics discussed in detail are evolution, life cycle, courtship and reproduction, anatomy, geographic distribution, migration, demography, as well as butterfly-watching.

A World For Butterflies is the first book to feature photographs of butterflies in their natural settings, accompanied by fascinating text, such as:

  • Only one or two out of a hundred eggs will survive to become a butterfly
  • Strategies to deter predators include false eyespots, heads and bright wings that 'disappear' when folded up
  • Butterflies without strong anti-predator scent or taste have evolved to look exactly like those that do.

Accurate, comprehensive, and beautifully illustrated, this is the ultimate guide to the world of butterflies.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Nancy Bent
STARRED REVIEW: The term 'charismatic megafauna' is usually reserved for highly visible (and often endangered) mammals, such as tigers or rhinoceros. As Schappert points out in his introduction, butterflies are the charismatic megafauna of the insect world. Their large size and brilliant colors make them obvious to even casual observers, and their occurrence in a wide variety of habitats has interested us for centuries. The author, who studies plant and butterfly interactions, has written a fascinating introduction to these beautiful day-flying insects. The first chapter explains what a butterfly is, the difference between butterflies and their more numerous cousins the moths, and their anatomy. Taxonomy and the butterfly families of the world are covered in the second chapter, with diversity and where they live comprising the third. In many ways, the fourth chapter on the natural history and behavior of butterflies is the most fascinating portion of the book, and illustrates the complex relationships between butterflies and their environment. The final chapter on conservation is an eloquent plea for the continued existence of these most intriguing insects. The book is beautifully illustrated with photos of live butterflies taken in the wild. An extremely useful glossary and bibliography (which will be continually updated via a website), coupled with the clear and concise writing style, make this book an absolute must for any collection. YA: Well-written, popularization of sometimes complex science makes this a must for reports.
Entomological Society of America
Impeccably researched ... enjoyable, informative, and indispensable.
Nature
[Schappert's] lavishly illustrated book provides an introduction to this ephemeral but ubiquitous arthropod.
Houston Chronicle - Gary Clark
Condenses an immense amount of scientific information about butterflies into a relatively slim volume of lucid prose and vivid photographs ... All the photographic illustrations are germane to the accompanying text, not there just to astound you.
Discover
Stunningly illustrated ... a must for anyone with a fondness for this photogenic insect.
Chicago Tribune - Lynn Van Matre
Profusely illustrated, detailed look at the world of butterflies, covering virtually every aspect of the insect.
Nature
[Schappert's] lavishly illustrated book provides an introduction to this ephemeral but ubiquitous arthropod.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554070657
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/5/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Schappert is a charter member of the North American Butterfly Association. He obtained his doctorate in Biology at York University in Toronto and is currently teaching and conducting research in plant/butterfly interactions at the University of Texas in Austin. He is also the editor of the News of the Lepidopterists' Society and of Passiflora, the publication of Passiflora Society International, and has authored a number of magazine articles and scientific papers about butterflies and plants.

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