Author: Rick Cech
Release Date: 2005
Here is an accessible, informative, and highly illustrated book that offers a fresh view of butterflies in the East Coast states, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Appalachians. In addition to providing a wealth of facts and photos, the book is the first to furnish detailed and up-to-date photo-illustrated information on the host plants favored by particular species. With 234 full-page species accounts and accompanying range maps, plus more than 950 large-size color photos, it is an essential reference work for field observers, gardeners, educators, and conservation managers--or anyone interested in appreciating the lepidopteran world close at hand. The introductory chapters detail the subtle ecology of the East Coast region, establishing a consistent ecological framework that enriches the individual species accounts. There is also an overview of current scientific literature and observational findings to help readers better interpret complex butterfly behaviors in the field, including seasonal movements, host plant and diapause strategies, defensive chemistry, and more. The book is written by Rick Cech, a seasoned field observer who has spent years studying and photographing East Coast butterflies. His substantial first-hand experience with both the common and rare species in the region adds much depth and new insight to the commentary. 234 full-page species accounts and accompanying range maps 950 large-size color photos 215 photos of individual host plants and habitats 735 high-quality photos of butterflies and caterpillars Introductory chapters detailing the subtle ecology of the East Coast region An overview of current scientific literature and observational findings Descriptions of diapause and host plant strategies and defensive chemistry User-friendly with clear, concise text
Matthew Oates has led a butterflying life. Naturalist, conservationist and passionate lover of poetry, he has devoted himself to these exalted creatures: to their observation, to singing their praises, and to ensuring their survival. Based on fifty years of detailed diaries, In Pursuit of Butterflies is the chronicle of this life. Oates leads the reader through a lifetime of butterflying, across the mountain tops, the peat bogs, sea cliffs, meadows, heaths, the chalk downs and great forests of the British Isles. Full of humour, zeal, digression, expertise and anecdote, this book provides a profound encounter with one of our great butterfly lovers, and with a half-century of butterflies in Britain.
We are living in a time of massive change. Our planet’s life-giving world of nature is suffering unsustainable duress and is headed towards collapse. At the same time, humankind is forging ahead with ever more potent and destructive industrial practices, practices that are causing the over-exploitation of both renewable and non-renewable resources, which in turn are resulting in even more worldwide environmental degradation. As the power of industry becomes more efficient, as the human population continues to increase, and as life-sustaining nature suffers ongoing trauma, the situation will soon be dire. Two over-riding questions dominate. On a finite planet can we really expect infinite growth and, in our rush to grow the global economy, are we condemning future generations to lives that will, in fact, be unsustainable? If that is so, as this book concludes, it will inevitably cause civil conflict - a conflict between the industrial extractors of natural resources and those who wish to protect our earth for future generations. Until now, the conflicts have been mostly law-abiding, but for how long can more radical reactions be deterred? Through reminiscences, personal observations and documented examples of wild animal depletions, the author explores the ecological damage we have already caused. At the end of the book, he proposes some solutions that should protect future generations from the outrages of our time. But are we capable of making the necessary changes?