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[ Pdf An Obsession With Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect Û surreal PDF ] by Sharman Apt Russell Û I ve always found butterflies to be beautiful and unique creatures To read about them, learn about them, they are so much than that They show how in life there are miracles happening everyday There are so many species and so many of each, different families I learned a lot of stuff in this book I m glad I randomly decided to look up if my school library had anything about butterflies Butterflies are air and angles. I found this to be very easy to read, and very interesting There was enough theoretical information to satisfy my research need, but lots of great stories about people who have contributed to butterfly collecting history I especially enjoyed reading about the way that collecting has led to environmentally friendly new industries, and that communities are establishing sustainable farms to make sure that butterflies remain available to new generations of collectors. 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 This compact and fairly rollicking book is a natural history of butterflies and of the scientists and collectors who have made them their life s work There are some 18,000 species and, unlike, say, beetles, they are generally pretty easy to tell apart because of their bold, colorful markings Moth and butterfly diversity may well be a synecdoche for overall diversity, making them invaluable indicator species Although the history of butterfly collecting was fairly familiar to me from Peter Marren s Rainbow Dust, I still learned or was reminded of a lot, such as the ways you can tell moths and butterflies apart and it s not just about whether they fly in the night or the day And who knew that butterfly rape is a thing The final third of the book was strongest for me, including a trip to London s Natural History Museum another to Costa Rica s butterfly ranc I bought this despite not being terribly interested in butterflies because I had been so impressed with another book by Russell, Anatomy of a Rose, despite not being terribly interested in flowers I was not disappointed The mimicry or camouflage that works so well against a bird may not work at all against the predatory stinkbug, which has been known to stalk its prey for as long as an hour Some caterpillars do the obvious They drop off the leaf and hope for a soft landing Or they spin out a thread of silk, drop like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, and dangle from the lifeline while they wait for the predator to leave. Some parasitic wasps wait, too, for their prey to climb back up Some wasps slowly walk down the silken li Fascinating Obviously a book for someone with than a passing interest in butterflies but two chapters in particular on survival strategies from egg to butterfly and nature s use of colouration were so absorbing that I think even someone who just gives a butterfly a second glance would find interesting and informative I found myself thinking, wow, how amazing quite a lot in those particular chapters Some passages were so fascinating I am going to photocopy them library book as I know I will want to refresh my memory at some later date Structurally confusing at times but overall very easy to understand without any prior knowledge of butterflies and a good read Every time I see a butterfly from now on I shall look at it with renewed respect and remember that each one of them is a survi Butterflies I can t say butterflies captivate me any, and the book didn t produce many sparks As often is the case, I find scientist s enthusiasm and passion lovely to read about than the actual thing. But the author isn t an entomologist and her writing style is bizarre and unscientific I wasn t really expecting something too scientific here, but the constant human personification of butterflies really grated on me And it wasn t as all for being poetic, either, because it was diced up between tidbits of butterfly facts, the author visiting a museum, and random collector or entomologist history The timeline of the history was odd in focus. I think this is the first book I ve encountered that liberally used the 2nd person since I read choose your adventure Goosebumps in elementary Yes, you guessed it, we ge
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www.sharmanaptrussell.com A little bit of bio Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, in 1981 I settled in southern New Mexico as a back to the lander and have stayed there ever since I am a longtime professor in the Humanities Department at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, as well as an associate faculty at Antioch University in Los Angeles I received my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and my B.S in Conservation and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.My essays and short stories have been widely published and anthologized My collections of essays Songs of the Fluteplayer Seasons of Life in the Southwest Addison Wesley, 1991 reprinted by University of Nebraska Press, 2000 won the 1992 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award and New Mexico Zia Award and recounts my early years in rural New Mexico Standing in the Light My Life as a Pantheist was a New Mexico Book Award finalist and one of Booklists top ten religious books of 2008.Hunger An Unnatural History Basic Books, 2005 was the result of a Rockefeller Fellowship at Bellagio, Italy, and An Obsession with Butterflies Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect Perseus Books, 2003 was a pick of independent booksellers in the Summer 2003 Book Sense 76 Anatomy of a Rose Exploring the Secret Life of Flowers has been translated into Korean, Chinese, Swedish, German, Spanish, and Portuguese, with other books also translated into Russian, Turkish, Polish, and Italian Other awards are a Pushcart Prize, the Henry Joseph Jackson Award, and the Writers at Work Award I write fiction as well as nonfiction The Last Matriarch University of New Mexico Press, 2000 is a novel about Paleolithic life in New Mexico some 11,000 years ago The eco sci fi Knocking on Heaven s Door also explores a Paleoterrific life 250 years in the future The Humpbacked Fluteplayer Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1994 is a fantasy for ages 8 12 and the recent Teresa of the New World Skyhorse Publishing, 2015 is for ages 10 and up I love and admire children s literature and was thrice a judge for the PEN Best Children s Book.