African Queens and Their Kin: A Darwinian Odyssey Hardcover – Illustrated, 10 Nov 2014
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'A masterpiece of scholarship, an awesome and enlightening read.' -- Prof. Hugh Loxdale DPhil, MBE, past President of the Royal Entomological Society
'...A significant part of David's life lies between the covers of this fascinating and scholarly odyssey; its scope, depth and detail are humbling.' -- John Tennent, Entomological Gazette
‘…This is a beautiful and unique book as well as a fantastic resource … Because of the detailed material, it may well appeal to a wide range of other academics, ecologists, entomologists and animal behaviourists, as well as anyone interested in African and Asian invertebrates.’ – Grace Upperdine, The Biologist, 2015
‘…This is a vast book, in every sense...Every aspect of the biology, ecology, genetics, behaviour, distribution and evolution of this fascinating group is covered in depth...a volume of real substance...’-- Guy Padfield, Dispar
‘…The book is a great reference work and poses many challenges and questions for the aware reader to undertake further research…. Zalucki, Austral Entomology 2015
‘…The book presents a firework of fascinating observations and facts on evolution. … Hausmann, Basic and Applied Ecology 2015
About the Author
Dr. David A. S. Smith, FLS, FRES, a world expert on the biology of butterflies and the author of numerous scientific papers about them, was one-time Head of Biology and Curator of the Natural History Museum at Eton College, Berkshire, U.K. Before, during and since this time, he also spent extended periods in Africa, especially at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, where he studied the extraordinary biology of the African Queen butterfly complex, an iconic group of morphologically-similar, but genetically divergent species and sub-specific forms. The present work represents the accumulation of the fruits of his researches, painstakingly gathered over four decades. The work, much of it revolutionary - indeed astonishing - and described for the first time in print, also includes that of some of his expert collaborators in the field of Lepidoptery, many of them his personal friends.