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Butterflies of the World Hardcover – May 1 2006


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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810959534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810959538
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,314,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One in every 10 insects is a butterfly or moth, and everyone in the world can recognize a member of the family Lepidoptera. Easy to view because of their often colorful wings and day-flying habits, the butterflies are more popular than their mostly night-flying moth kin but are far outnumbered by the moths. The diversity of colors and habits of butterflies and moths are highlighted in this beautiful new book featuring Martin's exquisite close-up photography. Photos reveal the uncoiled proboscis of the tropical queen swallowtail as it sips from damp sand, the plump underside of a chartreuse moth caterpillar as it rears up to confront the photographer, the thick "fur" and brushy antennae of a moon moth, and the mosaic of color in masses of resting monarch butterflies. Science writer Baran's text provides a wealth of detail on the ecology, anatomy, behavior, and life cycle of lepidopterans in succinct sections interspersed among Martin's photos. Although the text takes this beyond a coffee-table book, it is the beautiful photographs that will sell the book to libraries and readers. Nancy Bent
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Book Description

"Butterflies of the World" takes us through from the caterpillar to the adult butterfly capturing the sheer originality of the way these 200,000 different species of insect have developed. We are introduced to a breathtaking world of keen senses, in which an insect's thorax can hear, its feet can taste, and its wings can attract a mate. Gilles Martin has brought us images from his travels in the wild alongside photographed collections, and also invites us to enter the world of caterpillars and their metamorphoses. This book presents a surprising and poetic interpretation of a beautiful and astounding world.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding photographs May 7 2007
By Enrique Torres - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is beautiful, oversized, table top book that will have you gazing at it for months. The text is very informative and written is such a manner as to keep the reader engaged. The exotic world of the butterfly is explored all over the globe. Many of the butteflies will be of insects you have never seen before, with some of the most interesting and complex patterns and colors. There is a very good section on the Monarch butterfly(Danaus plexippus)and the interesting story regarding it's migration. The fascinating stories are complimented by extremely well taken phtographs. The photographs are the highlight of this book as they are taken with different lenses and many with the natural light creating unusual results. The close ups are nothing short of spectacular. Seeing butterflies in the garden is one thing, seeing them magnified through the lense is another. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in butterflies and who wants to learn more about their interesting habits. I know I learned some things that I didn't know before as I am sure you will. Recommended for school and community libraries. This book would be very useful for a young student who is writting a report or looking for an interesting book about nature.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A REAL REVIEW March 8 2007
By A.B. Cesar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm no book hound, or a butterfly fan for that matter, but this is one neat book. A month ago I had a mission to find something like this but couldn't find anything cool written about this book or any others about butterflies so...

First of all the pictures are amazing. The clarity, layout, and total number are astounding. Most of the photos are large enough to do the subjects justice. Looking at other books "in it's class" I found the pictures to be small and simply not as good.

The text is easy to follow and stays away from getting too technical. That's what I wanted out of a book. Enough to feel like I knew something without taking away from what I really wanted, the photos.

The photos are so good they're worth mentioning again.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A visually stimulating presentation of images that border on fine art July 5 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With an informative text by Myriam Baran which is dramatically enhanced with fully color photography by Gilles Martin, Butterflies Of The World showcases of the wondrous world of butterflies and their remarkable individual characteristics and intricacies. An visually impressive compendium of butterflies (including their caterpillar state), Butterflies Of The World offers readers a visually stimulating presentation of images that border on fine art, and an informative contribution to the our knowledge of this fascinating creature that is to be found in nature around the globe. A beautiful edition that would be worthy of being an academic or community library's Memorial Fund acquisition choice, Butterflies Of The World is to be given high praise and recommended for nature lovers who appreciate the delicate and enduring beauty of the butterfly.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Butterflies of the World Nov. 13 2007
By Brian Shul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a professional nature photographer,I purchased this book not only for the detailed images, but also to learn more about these magnificent creatures. The book delivered on both accounts. The text is full of interesting facts about the lives of butterflies, beginning with the caterpillar stage. Fine photography of numerous species from around the world accompany a lively and very informative narrative on the habits, differences, and distinguishing characteristics of these winged wonders. While other books may be more complete from a scientific point of view, this one is a most interesting read and a joy to peruse. Highly recommend.
Eye candy plus lots of info July 18 2014
By LD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is loaded with details about caterpillars, butterflies, and moths. Some caterpillars are shown alongside the butterfly/moth that they will become. There are a lot of photos. However if you are looking for an all inclusive book that includes all the exotic species, this is not it. Many unique, rare species are shown but the book is textually informative first and visually stimulating second.


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