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on 22 April 2016
If your interest in butterflies has advanced beyond a pocket field guide and you want to understand more then do consider The Butterflies of Britain and Ireland. I've looked through many books on the subject in the last year in my search for a decent book on the subject and this is definitely the best one of them all.
The introduction by the author (Jeremy Thomas) and the artist (Richard Lewington) states that "The aim of this book is to share some of the pleasure that butterflies have given us in the course of our careers". I think the aim has been fulfilled completely in this volume - the knowledge and enthusiasm shown makes this book hard to put down. For each of the 71 butterflies described, there are details on the lifecycle, ecology, behaviour, conservation, best locations as well as anecdotal information and histories. The text is detailed and interesting and conveys information in a way that is easy to understand. The illustrations by Richard Lewington are absolutely exquisite and make this book something to treasure.
If you want a definitive reference on butterflies or simply to own a beautiful work of art - look no further!