Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden
Every garden has the potential to attract butterflies. This illustrated guide shows how to encourage these vital pollinators by providing them with the right plants to feed on and places to breed and hibernate. Chapters cover the butterfly lifecycle, common garden butterflies, and preferred habitats. A directory lists food plant species, while a final chapter offers tips on photographing butterflies.
Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage
Every autumn, the magnificent, bright-orange monarch butterfly migrates south from Canada to the warmer climes of Mexico and southern California. Driving a battered Honda Civic, Robert Pyle followed them on their epic 9,000-mile journey. Part road trip, part outdoor adventure and part natural history, his account overturns received theories about the butterflies’ biology, genetics and populations, and warns of the environmental threats they face from pesticides, logging and coastal development.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Butterflies of Britain & Northern Europe
Beginning with a very accessible introduction to butterflies’ life cycle, behaviour, ecology and conservation, this guide contains descriptions and colour photographs of 158 species found in the British Isles and northern Europe. Notes on distribution, habitat and habits are included in the descriptions and there are generally two or three photographs (taken by Professor Benton) of each species.
Messages from Psyche
People have long marvelled at the patterns on the wings of butterflies and moths without understanding them. This remarkable book shows how they have evolved to deter predators and how, seen from the perspective of a bird or lizard, they appear to be the eyes of a fox or owl, a snake’s head, or the tail of a scorpion. Illustrated with close-up photographs and works of art, the book also explores the way these symbols have influenced human culture.
A Sting in the Tale
My Adventures with Bumblebees
Once common in the Kentish marshes, the English short-haired bumblebee became extinct in the UK. Conservationist Dave Goulson tracked down a surviving colony in New Zealand and set about reintroducing them. His informative and entertaining account of his quest details the minutiae of life in the nest, and offers a stark warning about the effects of intensive farming on our bee population and the dangers we face if we continue down this path.
The Aurelian Legacy
British Butterflies and Their Collectors
After a history of butterfly collecting in Britain and a chapter on the methods of the early lepidopterists, this volume presents profiles of 101 collectors, from Thomas Moffet (1553–1604) to John Heath (1922–1987), each illustrated with a contemporary portrait. The ‘Aurelians’ are followed by a survey of some of the historically interesting species they collected, and a discussion of conservation and collecting. Finally, the book lists all British and Irish butterflies, with past and present common names.
Astonishing Insect Transformations
The transformation of unpromising larvae into complex and delicate adult insects is one of the wonders of nature. This photographic celebration records the metamorphoses of a variety of creatures including crickets and grasshoppers, butterflies and moths, ants, bees, flies and beetles. The detailed close-ups reveal their life-cycles from the hatching of an egg to the emergence of the adult, and the accompanying text explores the mechanisms that drive the process and why insects have evolved these remarkable solutions to survival.
Spiders, Scorpions and Creepy Crawlies
The pages of this book crawl with some of the biggest, scariest and strangest invertebrates on the planet, as Martin profiles more than 40 species in chapters devoted to spiders, scorpions, ants, flies and wasps, and worms. Colour photos and detailed, annotated illustrations provide close-up views of such fearsome creatures as the king baboon spider, the tarantula hawk wasp and the eerie velvet worm, while the accessible text includes locator maps, facts and figures, and behavioural information.