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BUTTERFLIES - Product Details

by Ronald Orenstein

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2015,288 pages, 350 color photos by Thomas Marent. This visual feast reveals a multitude of butterfly and moth species from around the globe. It displays some of the most colorful, spectacular and sometimes weird examples of the world's butterflies and moths. From the common swallowtail to the iridescent blue morpho, the stunning  photographs provide a close-up view of the remarkable family of Lepidoptera. The macro photography complements the enlightening text written by a zoologist who explains the scientific curiosities of these amazing insects. He makes clear how to differentiate between butterflies and moths; how caterpillars camouflage themselves; and how their feeding strategies and evolutionary adaptations help them survive in nature.

Examples include such seldom-seen species as the green dragontail (Indonesia), Mexican kite-swallowtail (Costa Rica), the alpine black swallowtail (China) and European sulphurs. Among the many anatomical characteristics profiled are the purpose and differences between butterfly and moth antennae (smell, communication and feel); how some butterflies are amazing mimics, appearing to the untrained eye as nectar-feeding hummingbirds; and how the patterns on their wings, depending on the species, may be spots that make the insects look like larger critters to their predators.

The book has seven sections which provide comprehensive coverage of Lepidoptera. They are:
1. Introduction to Butterflies includes What are butterflies?; Color Patterns; Courtship; Migration; and Climate Change
2. Butterfly Diversity includes Swallowtails; Skippers; Whites, Sulphurs and Yellows; Milkweed Butterflies; Fritillaries; Emperors; Gossamer-winged Butterflies; Metalmarks and more
3. Butterfly Wings covers Flight; Color; Tails and Ornaments; Eyespots
4. Butterfly Life History covers Mating; Eggs; Caterpillars; Metamorphosis
5. What Butterflies Eat includes Feeding Apparatus; Flowers; Rotting Fruit; Drinking; Puddling
6. Butterflies in their Environment covers Predators; Camouflage; Mimicry; Overwintering and more
7. Myriads of Moths includes Day-Flying Moths; Silks; Giants; Mimicry; Wing Pattern; Defense and more.

The beautiful photographs in this book are not to be missed by anyone with an interest in butterflies. Plastic-laminated hardcover with jacket: 9 x 11".

Ronald Orenstein is a zoologist, lawyer and wildlife conservationist who has written extensively on natural history issues. He lives in Toronto.

Thomas Marent is a wildlife photographer based in Switzerland.

Excerpts from the Reviews: "The organization of this book is straightforward and comprehensive, addressing the most important aspects of butterfly classification, life history, diet, and their role in the environment at large... This book got my attention with this assertion: "Butterflies are moths." Not only is this accurate, it is brave. In three words, the author turns all our usual assumptions about Lepidoptera on their heads. I could recommend this book for that reason alone, but there is more. Orenstein's text is perfectly tailored for a general audience and educated reader. Scientific terms are defined within the text, but in a way that still renders the narrative smooth and engaging.  The location where each image was shot is always given in the caption, a refreshing detail that needs to become standard for all such books... Butterflies exceeded my expectations and I can honestly give it a ringing endorsement. It is also priced reasonably considering the quality and quantity of imagery."  - Eric R. Eaton, Bug Eric Blog

(Starred Review) "Orenstein and Marent showcase a sample of the loveliest, most engaging members of the insect order Lepidoptera; they concentrate on the day-flyers, though a "miscellany" of moths is also included. Species presented range globally from seldom seen tropical species to more familiar North American ones. Orenstein's text is short and purposeful: his introduction covers taxonomy, wings, mimicry, mating, life cycle, caterpillars, feeding, migration, and conservation issues. These topics are developed later in the book, following sections exploring the six families of the order. The power of the [book] is in the visuals; its sharp design perfectly complements its sublime subjects, from the elegant reverse-type presentation of the text to the dramatic way Marent's dazzling close-ups are introduced... This gorgeous book reveals a wonder on nearly every page and will enthrall natural history enthusiasts both amateur and expert alike.  - Library Journal

3376 Orenstein, Butterflies

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