Do Butterflies Bite?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Butterflies and Moths

Do Butterflies Bite?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Butterflies and Moths

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by Hazel Davies, Carol A Butler
     
 

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How fast do butterflies fly? Does a butterfly have ears? Do they sleep? Does a caterpillar have a skeleton? How does a moth get out of its cocoon? What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? And just what is a skipper?

Every year, thousands of people visit butterfly conservatories to stand in quiet awe of the simple beauty displayed by these magical

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How fast do butterflies fly? Does a butterfly have ears? Do they sleep? Does a caterpillar have a skeleton? How does a moth get out of its cocoon? What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? And just what is a skipper?

Every year, thousands of people visit butterfly conservatories to stand in quiet awe of the simple beauty displayed by these magical creatures. Hazel Davies and Carol A. Butler capture the sense of wonderment and curiosity experienced by adults and children alike in this book about butterflies and their taxonomic cousins, the moths and the skippers. Beautifully illustrated with color and black and white photographs, and drawings by renowned artist William Howe, this book is an essential resource for parents, teachers, students, or anyone who has ever been entranced by these fascinating, fluttering creatures.

Covering everything from their basic biology to their complex behaviors at every stage of life to issues in butterfly conservation, Davies and Butler explore wide-ranging topics and supply a trove of intriguing facts. You'll find tips on how to attract more butterflies to your garden, how to photograph them, and even how to raise them in your own home. Arranged in a question and answer format, the book provides detailed information written in an accessible style that brings to life the science and natural history of these insects. In addition, sidebars throughout the book detail an assortment of butterfly trivia, while extensive appendices direct you to organizations, web sites, and more than 200 indoor and outdoor public exhibits, where you can learn more or connect with other lepidopterophiles (butterfly lovers).

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Editorial Reviews

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"This mixed-audience book answers many questions readers probably have never thought about these charismatic insects. Davies and Butler have produced a work about butterflies (and moths) that offers more than mere trivia. ... it is a useful addition to the 'insect-answers' literature. Recommended."

Former Executive Director, International Association of Butterfly Exhibitions - Michael Weissmann

This volume is a welcome addition to the libraries of butterfly watchers, collectors, and hobbyists.
National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution - Don R. Davis

"Finally we have a well organized, clearly written reference with answers to almost every conceivable question that anyone might imagine concerning butterflies and moths. This volume is perfect for anyone fascinated by the seemingly endless mysteries of the natural world."
coauthor of Butterflies of North America - Jim P. Brock

"This book answers everything you would like to know about butterflies—a great addition to the library for those who like butterflies and nature!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813542683
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
Animals Q & A
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,436,595
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Hazel Davies is the living exhibits coordinator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She formerly worked as a science teacher.
 
Carol A. Butler is a psychotherapist in private practice, a writer, a photographer, and a docent at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
 

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