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November 7, 2015 / Leslie

Butterflies by Ron Orenstein and Thomas Marent

Ron Orenstein (Author)
Thomas Marent (Photographer)

Genre: Science/Nature/Photography
Publisher: Firefly Books| September 2015
Format: Hardcover | 288 pages
Rating: 5 of 5

From the Publisher

Here are some of the most colorful, spectacular and sometimes weird examples of the world’s butterflies and moths. From the common swallowtail to the iridescent blue morpho, Thomas Marent’s stunning photographs provide a close-up view of the remarkable family of insects known as Lepidoptera. The macro photography complements the enlightening text written by zoologist Ronald Orenstein, who explains the scientific curiosities of these amazing insects.

My Thoughts

This coffee table style book is a gorgeous volume filled with beautiful full-color photography and text. While primarily aimed at those with an interest in nature and science, this is also a resource that can be enjoyed by anyone, from nature expert to novice.

The book begins with a general introduction to butterflies as a species, with further chapters going into more detail on individual butterfly families and their life cycles. Covered are topics such as life history; wing shape, color, and patterns; what butterflies eat; butterfly environments; and effects of climate change to name a few.

The text is informative and interesting, but what really shines are the accompanying photos on each page. The text is white on black glossy paper, enhancing the presentation of the photos. This is as much a photography book as a text on butterflies.

I am familiar with only the common butterflies such as Swallowtails, Monarchs, and Skippers, and found the wealth of detail presented fascinating. The format used makes it easy to absorb new information. Many of us are visual learners; I know I am. Seeing the photo along with the text reinforces the information I have just read.

Butterfiles is a treasure trove of information and a handy reference guide to be consulted again and again.

Source: Review copy provided by AmazonVine.
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  1. A.M.B. / Nov 7 2015 8:40 pm

    I’m definitely going to look into this book. My daughters are obsessed with butterflies and moths. Thanks for the review!


    • Leslie / Nov 7 2015 9:39 pm

      I forgot to mention, there is a section on moths too. This is really a gorgeous book.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Suko / Nov 9 2015 12:27 am


    I’m glad you enjoyed this book, especially the photographs! I’ll bet it is a terrific book.


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