Butterfly Books

June 08 [Fri], 2012, 17:26
It's great to meet you reader! Well, you obviously share a passion with me for butterfly books, and I appreciate that. You see I've been mad about books for years; I've been interested in butterflies since I was a child. Putting the two together means I get twice the fun when reading books about butterflies. I guess that means you probably do too!Since butterflies are such a visual thing, glossy book containing photographs of the splendid little butterfly are such a treat. The books generally tend to fall into two camps:- field guides- coffee table booksButterfly field guides are great for identifying butterflies in nature or in your back garden. They tend to be on the smaller scale in size and weight so that carrying them around is so much easier.

I usually carry one in my back pack whenever I go walking in the summer. These butterfly books display a range of butterflies for a particular region, using either photographs or finely detailed paintings.Written details will often include habitats, markings, distribution and when they can be seen. They will sometimes include information on foodplants for the butterfly. This will help you identify if an area is suitable for supporting certain species of butterfly, after all, without that particular plant or plants (and they are usually restricted to a very small number of plants) the butterfly will not survive.Coffee table butterfly books? I have to say I much prefer these type of books. Well they are designed to be visually exciting aren't they? I have to admit to owning a number of them! Everything from the artistic to the scientific. They tend to be a lot more expensive so I make a habit of keeping a number of butterfly books on my general pressies list when people ask for them.There's another market for books on butterflies you may not have have considered - the second hand market.

There's a wealth of books available out there and many of them are real gems. In particular I am referring to very old books written between say 1860 and 1910. This was a time when butterflies of all types were quite common and easy to observe and lots of books were written by would-be butterfly collectors of the day.You can gather a lot of fascinating information in these butterfly books as they were written in a completely different style to that of today. They talked about a lot of the detail when finding and chasing butterflies in the field and gives an insight into the social history of the day. There are a lot of butterfly identification books written in the 20th century which resemble coffee table books and are still highly relevant. The only differences are that a few of the butterflies may now be extinct, but otherwise they are still good to use. Worth checking out when you are next in a second hand bookshop.
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