Butterflies of the Worldby Rod Preston-Mafham, Ken Preston-Mafham
Butterflies are among the most beautiful of nature's creations. Their many hues and shapes have been a delight and inspiration to artists and nature lovers for generations. In addition, the scientific importance of the Lepidoptera -- butterflies and moths -- has been recognized by entomologists (the scientists who study them) because of their diverse behavior and habitats. This book is a timely and valuable review of current knowledge of the biology, behavior, and lifestyles of butterflies. The authoritative text, with numerous photographs and clear illustrations, is enhanced by the unique personal observations of Ken Preston-Mafham. These are based on his field studies in many countries, gathering information and the photographs reproduced in this book. All of the photographs included are originals of living specimens and were taken in the wild by the authors. Though coverage includes species from around the world, there is special emphasis on the often spectacularly patterned species of Africa and South America. The wealth of information in this book, however, ensures that it is of equal importance to the amateur nature lover, student, and scientist anywhere in the world. Its photographic content alone makes it a visually exciting addition to the successful Of the World series.
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