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100 Butterflies and Moths: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica [Hardcover]

Jeffrey C Miller , Daniel H Janzen , Winifred Hallwachs

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20 July 2007
Walking a forest trail in Costa Rica, a visitor might be struck by the sight of an iridescent blue morpho butterfly fluttering ahead in the filtered daylight, or an enormous silk moth, as magnificently patterned and subtly coloured as a Persian carpet, only emerging to fly at night. Elsewhere, vivid yellow and orange sulphur butterflies flock to puddles to sip the concentrated minerals. Such is the dazzling variety of the butterflies and moths unique to this region. Gathered by biologists, Daniel Janzen and Winifred Hallwachs in the forests of north-western Costa Rica, 100 tropical butterflies and moths represent the diversity in large-format photographs by Jeffrey Miller that document the dizzying variety of shapes, colours, and markings. The photographs are accompanied by species accounts and images of the corresponding caterpillar. The authors recount these insects' feats of mimicry and migration, lift the veil on their courtship, and show how the new technology of DNA bar-coding is changing the picture of Lepidopteran biodiversity. The authors also tell the success story of Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, where the long-term work of Janzen and Hallwachs, a team of caterpillar collectors, and the participation of neighbouring farming communities has deepened understanding of Costa Rica's Lepidoptera and has brought about advances in restoration ecology of tropical habitats, biodiversity prospecting, biotechnology, and ecotourism development.

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Butterflies and moths (lepidoptera) are among the most colorful and conspicuous tropical insects, and their caterpillars are important herbivores. Yet reliable information on caterpillar/adult associations has been limited to scattered reports by 19th- and early 20th-century lepidopterists. Then in the late 1970s, Janzen and Hallwachs began intensive raising of wild-caught caterpillars in Costa Rica. In this sequel to their "100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica," they present photographs of adults and their caterpillars for 200 species of the showiest lepidoptera of Guanacaste National Park in northwestern Costa Rica. The adults are each presented in Miller's full-page photographs taken against a black background, while smaller images of the caterpillars are embedded in the text...Much more than pretty picture books, "100 Caterpillars" and "100 Butterflies" will be devoured by lepidopterists and visitors to the New World tropics.--Annette Aiello"Library J

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Jeffrey C. Miller is Professor in the Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management at Oregon State University. Daniel H. Janzen is Thomas G. and Louise E. DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Winifred Hallwachs is Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book, Great Photography 14 May 2012
By Richard D. Mattison - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was exactly as advertised and as expected. The photography is stunning in its simplicity and beauty. Wish we would have purchased the hardcover volume. Great value for the price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies & Moths Magnificent!!! 5 Jun 2010
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Rich texture and colors... a magnificent book in both the telling and presentation. The photography could not possibly have been better! Its use is not just the visual enjoyment and behavioral understanding that is available but even the practical ability to teach color and texture usage to a group of young women as they were planning knitting projects. Thank you so much on many frontiers this is better than any color book I have ever found. The unique beauty in creation does the best job of explaining the richness that colors represent and the uplifting of beauty that they bring into our lives. As always any reading that can give to us a better understanding of faraway places by bringing them home, as this book has done with the rain forest and its inhabitants, is a worthy read. Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Costa Rican Leps 24 May 2007
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This ia an excellant book that combines coffe-table quality photographs of the butterflies and moths with an excellent text describing interesting aspects of their biology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Butterflies and Moths: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica 7 Sep 2007
By Tyke - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent! details in text and photographs. Highly recommended for biologists and folks interested in wild life.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book to own 15 Sep 2013
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Bought this book and 100 caterpillars for coffee table books in our Costa Rica house. Both books have beautiful photography.
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