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 BentCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"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.