The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists
by Peter Laufer
It's no secret that butterflies attract artists and lepidopterian lovers. But smugglers? Laufer's book takes a look at the sometimes seamy underside of butterfly life and adoration, complete with poachers and thieves, commercial breeders, pupal rape, international intrigue and high crime. He explores the mysteries of metamorphosis, conservation efforts, and the mythological appeal of butterflies to humans. As the book progresses, you sense Laufer's growing appreciation of our lovely lepidoptera and you know that he, like you, will never again look at a butterfly the same way.
An Obsession with Butterflies
Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect
by Sharman Apt Russell
Did you know that there was once an Englishwoman whose children declared her insane because of her obsession with butterflies? Did you know that some butterflies have "love dust" to arouse a mate? Russell looks at the human obsessions associated with butterflies, from religious and mythological, to obsessions held by butterflies themselves. Wings that hiss, the mystery of metamorphosis, the pursuit of a mate and food, the rigours of migration. It's all gloriously weird and fun. Russell's little book is an adventure in the obscure and the obsessive.
The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius
by Kurt Johnson and Steve Coates
This book depicts 25 full-color plates of butterflies by the japanese painter Kanzaka Sekka. These designs were completed in 1904 for a series of woddblock prints. Included with the book is a CD-Rom fo 216 images represening the full plates as well as individual depictions of butterfies from the woodblock prints. The images are royalty-free and maybe be used in your craft and design applications, up to a limit of four images per project or publication. Very unique and beautiful butterflies.