An obsession with butterflies: our long love affair with a singular insect.

An obsession with butterflies: our long love affair with a singular insect. Sharman Apt Russell.

Cambridge MA: Perseus Publishing, 2003. Octavo, text illustrations, dustwrapper.

A delightful look at the science of butterflies -and our obsession with them- by an acclaimed nature writer. 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.

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