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

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Basic Books, Apr 24, 2009 - Science - 256 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

Praise
TWO TOUGH LOVE
FOUR METAMORPHOSIS
SIX BUTTERFLY MATISSE
EIGHT THE SINGLE
TEN IN THE LAND OF BUTTERFLIES
TWELVE NOT A BUTTERFLY
FOURTEEN THE BUSINESS OF BUTTERFLIES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND NOTES
INDEX
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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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