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Rainbow Dust : Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies - Peter Marren

Rainbow Dust

Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies

eBook Published: 30th July 2015
ISBN: 9781448190195
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Much more than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non-naturalists alike.

Beginning with the author's own experience of hunting and rearing butterflies as a boy, Peter Marren considers the special place of the butterfly in art, literature, advertising and science, and, latterly, our attempts to conserve them.

Rainbow Dust takes in the controversy over collecting, the women who studied them and the curious details that lead to butterflies being feared as well as loved. This is a celebration of butterflies; one shot through with a sense of wonder but also of sorrow at what we are losing.

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"[A] superbly distilled statement on our national obsession with butterflies"

      • i: Introduction: The Painted Lady
  • 1.: Meeting the Butterfly
  • 2.: Chasing the Clouded Yellow
  • 3.: Graylings: The Birthday of a Passion
  • 4.: Gatekeepers: Collecting with Jean Froissart, John Fowles and Vladimir Nabokov
  • 5.: Lady Glanville's Fritillary
  • 6.: At the Sign of the Chequered Skipper
  • 7.: The Golden Hog or The Wonderful Names of Butterflies
  • 8.: Seeing Red: The Admiral
  • 9.: Fire and Brimstone: Butterflies and the Imagination
  • 10.: Silver Washes and Pearl Borders: Painting Butterflies
  • 11.: Endgame: The Large Blue and Other Dropouts
  • 12.: The Wall or How to Save a Butterfly
  • 13.: Envoi: Aurora or the Daughter of Dawn
      • ii: Appendix: British Butterflies
      • iii: Notes
      • iv: Bibliography
      • v: Acknowledgements
      • vi: Index

ISBN: 9781448190195
ISBN-10: 1448190193
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 30th July 2015
Publisher: Random House
Edition Number: 1