London: Papadakis Publisher, 2010. Quarto, paperback, colour photographs.
In this beautifully photographed book, Philip Howse explains how these living tapestries have evolved to repel their principal predators, including birds, lizards, and monkeys. The predators, it is argued, detect their prey by perceiving small details of shape and colour rather than the "whole picture" of the insect. If we look at the detail of a living butterfly in the way that a bird sees it from different angles and perspectives, surprising images are revealed. There are features of owl eyes, snake heads, caterpillars, lizards, wasps, scorpions, and bird beaks and feathers to be found.
Price: $75.00 AU