Download An Obsession With Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair With A by Sharman Apt Russell PDF

By Sharman Apt Russell

Sharman Apt Russell back blends her lush voice and prepared medical eye during this really good publication approximately butterflies. From Hindu mythology to Aztec sacrifices, butterflies have served as a metaphor for resurrection and transformation. Even in the course of international warfare II, little ones in a Polish dying camp scratched thousands of butterflies onto the partitions in their barracks. yet as Russell issues out during this wealthy and lyrical meditation, butterflies are notably items of obsession. From the beastly horned caterpillar, whose blood is helping it count number time, to the peacock butterfly, with wings that hiss like a snake, Russell lines the butterflies via their existence cycles, exploring the creatures' personal obsessions with consuming, mating, and migrating. during this approach, she finds the good judgment in the back of our unending fascination with butterflies in addition to the using ardour of such mythical creditors because the tragic Eleanor Glanville, whose young ones declared her mad as a result of her compulsive butterfly gathering, and the bright Henry Walter Bates, whose collections from the Amazon in 1858 helped improve his concept of mimicry in nature. Russell additionally takes us inside of the various world's such a lot prestigious common heritage museums, the place scientists painstakingly catalogue and categorize new species of Lepidoptera, hoping to make clear insect genetics and evolution. A luminous trip via an unique international of obsession and unusual good looks, it is a publication to be precious by way of an individual who is ever watched a butterfly mid-flight and inspiration, as Russell has, "I've entered one other dimension."

Show description

Read Online or Download An Obsession With Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair With A Singular Insect PDF

Similar animals books

The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them

a desirable exploration of humanity's everlasting bond with animals, and an pressing name to reply to the wishes of hundreds of thousands of at-risk creatures

A landmark paintings, The Bond is the passionate, insightful, and entire exam of our targeted connection to all creatures, written by means of considered one of America's most vital champions of animal welfare. Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the USA, unveils the deep hyperlinks of the human-animal bond, in addition to the conflicting impulses that experience led us to betray this bond via common and systemic cruelty to animals.

Pacelle starts through exploring the organic and historic underpinnings of the human-animal bond and divulges our newfound figuring out of animals, together with their amazing emotional and cognitive capacities. within the book's moment part, Pacelle exhibits how the bond has been disastrously damaged. he is taking readers to a slaughter plant shuttered for inhumane practices, in addition to the big egg manufacturing unit farms of California. We stopover at Leavenworth Federal prison in Kansas to talk with NFL megastar Michael Vick, then serving his sentence for dogfighting. Pacelle paints a portrait of recent Orleans within the aftermath of storm Katrina, and highlights the heroic activities of citizens and volunteers to reunite pets with their proprietors. Pacelle's narrative additionally leads the reader to distant destinations within which conflicts over the killing of flora and fauna proceed to play out—from the fields open air of Yellowstone nationwide Park the place bison are slaughtered with the encouragement of federal specialists, to the ice floes of Atlantic Canada the place seal nurseries become killing fields.

In its ultimate part, The Bond takes at the arguments of rivals and critics of animal safeguard and spotlights the teams and industries status within the approach of progress—from the nationwide Rifle organization and agribusiness corporations just like the American Farm Bureau, to mind-blowing adversaries just like the American Veterinary clinical organization and the yank Kennel membership. finally, Pacelle issues tips on how to a brand new, humane economy—one no longer equipped on extraction, anguish, and killing, yet at the get together, stewardship, and care of animals.

An eye-opening must-read, The Bond reminds us that animals are on the middle of our lives, they don't seem to be only a backdrop. How we deal with them is among the nice subject matters of the human tale.

Dragonflies and damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast

Более полутора сотен видов стрекоз, которые встречаются на юго-востоке США к северу от Флориды, рассмотрены в этом иллюсрированном руководстве, содержащем информацию о жизненном цикле, таксономии, внешним признакам, местообитаниям, распространению и поведению.
Доп. информация: Файл является рипом с сайта Google Books. Этим определяется отсутствие некоторых страниц (до 20% от общего числа) и невысокое разрешение сканирования (около a hundred dpi).

Образцы страниц

Мои раздачи биологических определителей, справочников, учебных пособий и монографий (и немного арктической музыки)Будьте добры, нажмите на кнопку Сказать "Спасибо"!

Bear Noel

A narrative for fans of animals, paintings, and vacation harmonyAs Christmas techniques, the animals of the north woods tremble with pleasure. undergo Noel is coming! He strides towards them along with his gift-laden sack, whereas they roll and romp within the snow, ready. it truly is Christmas Eve, the only evening of the 12 months whilst a hare and a wolf, a fox and a boar, a hedgehog and a possum, an owl and a mole can assemble peacefully, within the spirit of the chuffed vacation.

Birds of Belize (The Corrie Herring Hooks Series)

With approximately 600 pointed out species of birds--and a standard of 5 "new" species stumbled on annually--Belize is turning into a birding hotspot for newbie birders from worldwide. hundreds of thousands of birders stopover at the rustic every year to get pleasure from Belize's outstanding abundance and diversity of either temperate and tropical birds in average habitats that stay principally unspoiled.

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

Example text

You might even, like the Postman and Zebra Longwing, evolve to eat pollen. If you are more vulnerable as an adult than as a larva, you might prefer to extend your childhood, using it to gather the nutrients necessary to mate quickly and reproduce as a butterfly. At some point, the bell rings. The hour is nigh. Hormones signaled by growth in your body joints have controlled the process of each molt. In the fifth instar, the last molt has stretched the joints between your segments for the last time.

And we, who live by myth, who live in fear of change and in fear of death, are privileged to see this metamorphosis over and over, a common thing, an everyday thing for a fat green “worme,” a bag of goo splotched with yellow, ~ 12 ~ OBSESSION WITH BUTTERFLIES to transform into a Western Tiger Swallowtail, fluted and glowing. ” I would venture to guess that more people today are obsessed with butterflies, looking for solace, than ever before. Many are graduate students and professors. Some use butterflies as models to examine issues of genetics and insect biology; these scientists dutifully apply their research to agriculture and conservation.

Because this is what biologists do, Phil placed caterpillars on plants with ants and on plants without ants and timed how long the larvae would survive. If ants were present, they vigorously defended the caterpillar. If ants were not present, a wasp zoomed to the leaf, stung the larva, cut up the body, and carried the parts away. Within minutes, unprotected caterpillars were being fed to hungry wasp grubs. The wasp’s behavior seemed more reasonable than the ant’s. But ants have their own logic.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.15 of 5 – based on 37 votes