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A nice, cozy book about butterflies from someone who is passionate about them Fun stories, creative writing, my favorite script from this book is A bag of goo crawls on a leaf, obsessed with eatingIt hangs upside down, It becomes something else A butterfly is born a bit of blue heaven, a jazzy design It is a gesture of beauty almost too casual I found this to be very easy to read, and very interesting There was enough theoretical information to satisfy my research need, but lots of great stories about people who have contributed to butterfly collecting history I especially enjoyed reading about the way that collecting has led to environmentally friendly new industries, and that communities are establishing sustainable farms to make sure that butterflies remain available to new generations of collectors. I am a child of my time, and I do not see much excess in nature Passenger pigeons once darkened the sky Caribou stretched horizon to horizon Salmon were so thick you could walk across water This is not the coin of the twenty first century We measure our wealth by different standards Nor is the author given to excess in her writing, and yet, after turning the last page, I felt strangely replete More alive to the world, and richer, though not in the coin of our age but in asubtle, da I am a child of my time, and I do not see much excess in nature Passenger pigeons once darkened the sky Caribou stretched horizon to horizon Salmon were so thick you could walk across water This is not the coin of the twenty first century We measure our wealth by different standards Nor is the author given to excess in her writing, and yet, after turning the last page, I felt strangely replete More alive to the world, and richer, though not in the coin of our age but in asubtle, dare I say spiritual, way Air and angels I ll never look at butterflies and moths the same way again This compact and fairly rollicking book is a natural history of butterflies and of the scientists and collectors who have made them their life s work There are some 18,000 species and, unlike, say, beetles, they are generally pretty easy to tell apart because of their bold, colorful markings Moth and butterfly diversity may well be a synecdoche for overall diversity, making them invaluable indicator species Although the history of butterfly collecting was fairly familiar to me from Peter Marr This compact and fairly rollicking book is a natural history of butterflies and of the scientists and collectors who have made them their life s work There are some 18,000 species and, unlike, say, beetles, they are generally pretty easy to tell apart because of their bold, colorful markings Moth and butterfly diversity may well be a synecdoche for overall diversity, making them invaluable indicator species Although the history of butterfly collecting was fairly familiar to me from Peter Marren s Rainbow Dust, I still learned or was reminded of a lot, such as the ways you can tell moths and butterflies apart and it s not just about whether they fly in the night or the day And who knew that butterfly rape is a thing The final third of the book was strongest for me, including a trip to London s Natural History Museum another to Costa Rica s butterfly ranches, an example of successful ecotourism and a nicely done case study of the El Segundo Blue butterfly, which was brought back from the brink of extinction by restoration of its southern California dunes habitat Russell, a New Mexico based author of novels and nonfiction, also writes about butterflies cultural importance No matter our religious beliefs, we accept the miracle of metamorphosis One thing becomes another Butterflies wake us up Other butterfly themed books I have reviewed Four Wings and a Prayer Caught in the Mystery of the Monarch Butterfly by Sue HalpernRuins by Peter Kuper a graphic novel set in Mexico, this also picks up on monarch migration Magdalena Mountain by Robert Michael Pyle a novel about butterfly researchers in Colorado Butterflies I can t say butterflies captivate me any, and the book didn t produce many sparks As often is the case, I find scientist s enthusiasm and passionlovely to read about than the actual thing.But the author isn t an entomologist and her writing style is bizarre and unscientific I wasn t really expecting something too scientific here, but the constant human personification of butterflies really grated on me And it wasn t as all for being poetic, either, because it was diced Butterflies I can t say butterflies captivate me any, and the book didn t produce many sparks As often is the case, I find scientist s enthusiasm and passionlovely to read about than the actual thing.But the author isn t an entomologist and her writing style is bizarre and unscientific I wasn t really expecting something too scientific here, but the constant human personification of butterflies really grated on me And it wasn t as all for being poetic, either, because it was diced up between tidbits of butterfly facts, the author visiting a museum, and random collector or entomologist history The timeline of the history was odd in focus.I think this is the first book I ve encountered that liberally used the 2nd person since I read choose your adventure Goosebumps in elementary Yes, you guessed it, we get to live life through butterflies quite a bit At one time the book dissolves into poetic one liners about what a butterfly is and means but, where is the context What do different cultures think of butterflies, what is universal Unfortunately, I think this foray into butterflies just soldered a distaste for them rather than indifference As caterpillars, they re eating machines as the book puts it They do very little for the pollination of flowers compared to other insects Reading about their metamorphosis could have been interesting, but I didn t feel the process was really explained to me.It s kind of like silly daydreams little focus or coherence and the feeling of frivolousness Kind of like butterflies It s too bad this wasn t a pure poetic foray but instead this attempt at memoir, facts, historyBut hey, props for the Nabokov references Fascinating Obviously a book for someone withthan a passing interest in butterflies but two chapters in particular on survival strategies from egg to butterfly and nature s use of colouration were so absorbing that I think even someone who just gives a butterfly a second glance would find interesting and informative I found myself thinking, wow, how amazing quite a lot in those particular chapters Some passages were so fascinating I am going to photocopy them library book as I know Fascinating Obviously a book for someone withthan a passing interest in butterflies but two chapters in particular on survival strategies from egg to butterfly and nature s use of colouration were so absorbing that I think even someone who just gives a butterfly a second glance would find interesting and informative I found myself thinking, wow, how amazing quite a lot in those particular chapters Some passages were so fascinating I am going to photocopy them library book as I know I will want to refresh my memory at some later date Structurally confusing at times but overall very easy to understand without any prior knowledge of butterflies and a good read Every time I see a butterfly from now on I shall look at it with renewed respect and remember that each one of them is a survivor and most of its siblings will have fallen victim to parasites, predators or even the scheming plant on which it was laid as an egg You will have to read it to find out how even plants can be out to get butterflies I bought this despite not being terribly interested in butterflies because I had been so impressed with another book by Russell, Anatomy of a Rose, despite not being terribly interested in flowers I was not disappointed The mimicry or camouflage that works so well against a bird may not work at all against the predatory stinkbug, which has been known to stalk its prey for as long as an hour Some caterpillars do the obvious They drop off the leaf and hope for a soft landing Or they spin out a I bought this despite not being terribly interested in butterflies because I had been so impressed with another book by Russell, Anatomy of a Rose, despite not being terribly interested in flowers I was not disappointed The mimicry or camouflage that works so well against a bird may not work at all against the predatory stinkbug, which has been known to stalk its prey for as long as an hour Some caterpillars do the obvious They drop off the leaf and hope for a soft landing Or they spin out a thread of silk, drop like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, and dangle from the lifeline while they wait for the predator to leave.Some parasitic wasps wait, too, for their prey to climb back up Some wasps slowly walk down the silken line Some wasps slowly reel in that lineAieee Russell s writing can be lovely and lyrical, but this is not a book that forgets just how brutal nature can be I have always been horrified by parasitic wasps, and Russell helpfully added some details on them that I had not known before details beyond what I m quoting that freaked me the hell out all over again The book is primarily about butterflies themselves, not about human butterfly interactions, but there are a couple brief but sharply drawn incidents involving the latter the Great White Butterfly Hunter musing in his diary over whether he was losing some respect for human life, while his native bearers were dropping dead on a hunt the modern college student, too sedentary to compete with his friends who rushed madly about with butterfly nets, sitting down at his leisure beside a tree and learning the life cycle of a species.Recommended, as is Anatomy of a Rose, whether or not you care about butterflies or roses I ve always found butterflies to be beautiful and unique creatures To read about them, learn about them, they are so muchthan that They show how in life there are miracles happening everyday There are so many species and so many of each, different families I learned a lot of stuff in this book I m glad I randomly decided to look up if my school library had anything about butterflies Butterflies are air and angles. poetic, varied, scientific but accessible Russell writes what she loves, and it shows this book is stunning, and worththan one read `Download Book ☞ An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect ⇭ Butterflies have always served as a metaphor for resurrection and transformation, but as Sharman Apt Russell points out in this lyrical meditation, butterflies are above all objects of obsession She reveals the logic behind our endless fascination with butterflies and introduces us to the legendary collectors and dedicated scientists who have obsessively catalogued new species of Lepidoptera A luminous journey through an exotic world of passion and strange beauty, this is a book to be treasured by anyone who has ever experienced the enchantment of butterflies