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Rainbow Dust

Peter Marren


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Much more than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non-naturalists alike.
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  • Paperback
    $24.92
ISBN: 9781784703189
ANNOTATION:
Much more than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non-naturalists alike.

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Much more than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non-naturalists alike.

Publisher Description

Much more than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non-naturalists alike.

Beginning with the author's own experience of hunting and rearing butterflies as a boy, Peter Marren considers the special place of the butterfly in art, literature, advertising and science, and, latterly, our attempts to conserve them.

Rainbow Dust takes in the controversy over collecting, the women who studied them and the curious details that lead to butterflies being feared as well as loved. This is a celebration of butterflies; one shot through with a sense of wonder but also of sorrow at what we are losing.

Author Biography

Peter Marren is a wildlife writer, journalist and authority on invertebrate folklore and names. His books include The New Naturalists, which won the Society for the History of Natural History's Thackray Medal, Britain's Rare Flowers, which won the Botanical Society of the British Isles' Presidents' Award. He won a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for work on Bugs Britannica.

Table of Contents

i: Introduction: The Painted Lady

1.: Meeting the Butterfly 2.: Chasing the Clouded Yellow 3.: Graylings: The Birthday of a Passion 4.: Gatekeepers: Collecting with Jean Froissart, John Fowles and Vladimir Nabokov 5.: Lady Glanville's Fritillary 6.: At the Sign of the Chequered Skipper 7.: The Golden Hog or The Wonderful Names of Butterflies 8.: Seeing Red: The Admiral 9.: Fire and Brimstone: Butterflies and the Imagination 10.: Silver Washes and Pearl Borders: Painting Butterflies 11.: Endgame: The Large Blue and Other Dropouts 12.: The Wall or How to Save a Butterfly 13.: Envoi: Aurora or the Daughter of Dawn

ii: Appendix: British Butterflies iii: Notes iv: Bibliography v: Acknowledgements vi: Index

Review

"A scholarly and captivating excursion into the history of natural history, further enlivened by vivid portraits of some of the butterfly enthusiasts of the past" -- Michael McCarthy Independent "Never again will this reader, at least, take a butterfly for granted... Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, Rainbow Dust is a truly marvellous book" -- Sophia Waugh, 5 stars Telegraph "In Peter Marren Britain's butterflies have found their champion. Is Rainbow Dust worth a flutter? Oh, absolutely" -- John Lewis-Stempel The Times "[A] superbly distilled statement on our national obsession with butterflies" -- Mark Cocker Spectator "Whether you know a lot or a little about butterflies, this is an essential read" -- Peter Forbes Independant

Product Details

Author
Peter Marren
Pages
320
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2016
ISBN-10
1784703184
ISBN-13
9781784703189
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2016-07-28
Media
Book
Subtitle
Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies
Country of Publication
United Kingdom