An Obsession With Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair With A Singular Insect

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Basic Books, Apr 28, 2004 - Nature - 238 pages
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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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AN OBSESSION WITH BUTTERFLIES: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect

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Consider the butterfly, says Russell (Anatomy of a Rose, 2001, etc.), and it will expand your appreciation of the natural world just as it has, for centuries, expanded our souls.Start with the simple ... Read full review

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Flashes of yellow and dazzles of metallic blue, butterflies are the most conspicuous of all insects. They are harmless and easy to approach, and their lives are in plain view at every stage: egg ... Read full review

Contents

Obsession with Butterflies
1
Tough Love
17
You Need a Friend
31
Metamorphosis
41
Butterfly Brains
55
Butterfly Matisse
67
Love Stories
79
The Single Mom
95
In the Land of Butterflies
119
The Natural History Museum
137
Not a Butterfly
157
Timeline
167
The Business of Butterflies
181
Air and Angels
203
Selected Bibliography and Notes
209
Index
229

On the Move
103

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Sharman Apt Russell is the author of several books, including Hunger and Songs of the Fluteplayer, which won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She has written for publications including Discover and Nature Conservancy, and currently contributes to OnEarth, the magazine for the National Resource Defense Council. Russell teaches creative writing at Western New Mexico University and at Antioch University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in Silver City, New Mexico.

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