2017, 448 pages, 1280 color photographs & illustrations, 157 color plates. The need for a comprehensive field guide to the butterflies of the Philippines has long been apparent. Interest in the butterflies in this country is rapidly moving away from the museum and commercial collector approach towards appreciating them as living organisms with a significant role in the ecosystem.
All 947 known Philippine butterfly species are listed in this book, with two-thirds of them illustrated, mostly from life (1,080 photographs, supplemented with an additional 176 photographs of museum specimens), on the 157 color plates. These plates should permit identification of the more common species, and most of the more localized ones.
The detailed introductory section discusses Philippine geography, climate, vegetation and butterfly biology, including taxonomy, life cycle, adult intraspecific variation, mimicry, biogeography and conservation. An index to scientific and vernacular names is included. Hardcover; 9-1/2 x 6-1/2″.
“This book is certainly very useful for schools, research institutions, and universities, especially in the Philippines. As a person who grew up in the country, there is definitely a need for schools to have natural history books in their libraries and P. Hardy and J. Lawrence’s book should be in those libraries to help students, teachers, researchers, and citizen scientists in their subjects in biology and environmental science.” Tropical Lepidoptera Research (2017, 27(2): 28 – summary)
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