World for Butterflies: Their Lives, Habitats and Future

World for Butterflies: Their Lives, Habitats and Future

by Phillip J. Schappert
     
 

A beautiful and authoritative reference on the butterflies of the world that explores what defines butterflies, where and how they live, and what we can do to help them survive. The book is the first to feature butterflies in their natural settings.
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A beautiful and authoritative reference on the butterflies of the world that explores what defines butterflies, where and how they live, and what we can do to help them survive. The book is the first to feature butterflies in their natural settings.

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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.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Phill Schappert ... makes a worthy contribution to the future of butterflies with his carefully researched and written book.
— (September 1, 2000)
Lynn Van Matre
Profusely illustrated, detailed look at the world of butterflies, covering virtually every aspect of the insect.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552095508
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/05/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.93(d)

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