Chatswood: New Holland Publishers, 2015. Octavo, paperback, limp plastic, colour photographs.
This book provides a superb introduction to Australia's varied butterfly species. Early chapters explore lifecycle, with stunning images showing the progression from egg through caterpillar and chrysalis stages to adult butterfly. It also covers subjects such as defence mechanisms (camouflage, mimicry etc), feeding and introduced species. A large section of the book includes identification spreads on key species and families of Australian butterflies. For many species it covers all stages of development, and chrysalises, together with male and female butterflies where they differ significantly in appearance. Another very useful feature is the 'quick comparison' guides to similar species. Closing chapters include sections on how to tell a butterfly from a moth, key habitats, threats and conservation, and planting backyards to attract butterflies.
Price: $37.00 AU