Author(s): Patrick Honan
Spectacular colourful flying insects brighten up many natural surrounds. A sudden glint of red, green, blue and brown is a wild Australian experience - the passing flitter of butterflies or moths. But which species are they? How do they metamorphose? What do they eat? How can we protect these much loved insects? The nature of butterflies and moths - their amazing transformation and their relationships in the wild - makes them fascinating to study. This practical field guide introduces many species. From the largest butterfly in Australia, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly to the very small family of "blues", not forgetting to include the numerous moths that grace many a suburban backyard. High-quality photographs and information on appearance, life history and behaviour make this book perfect for anyone who has been mesmerised by the grace of these insects - and wondered about the vivid lives of butterflies and moths.