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The Secret Life of Butterflies

Rena Ortega, Roger Vila

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A beautifully illustrated book on the fascinating lives of these delicate creatures


Butterflies existed long before humans and even fluttered among the dinosaurs, but what do you really know about them? The Secret Life of Butterflies follows this fascinating insect through its four different stages of life – from egg, to caterpillar, to pupa and to its final form as a fully grown butterfly.

You’ll find out how to tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth, and discover what they eat, what they do extreme temperatures, and what we can do to save them from extinction.

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'Full of stunningly detailed, water-colour illustrations by Rena Ortega and clear, concise text by Roger Vila. It is evident that extensive research has been carried out to put this book together and the big format makes this feel very special indeed'

'So visually pleasing and full of the most interesting information … incredible'

'A book to make us all say wow … the illustrations are stunning and really draw the eye to the page … Fascinating, absorbing and lots of fun to read over and over again'

'A welcome addition to the bookshelf of a little nature enthusiast or curious mind, this is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated non-fiction title'

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 32.0 x 28.0 cm

Extent: 48 pp

Publication date: 26 May 2022

ISBN: 9780500653012

About the Author

Roger Vila is the Principal Investigator of the Butterfly Diversity and Evolution Lab at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, and has directed an international project that, over 15 years, has sequenced 97% of European butterfly species. Rena Ortega
is renowned for her illustrations of the natural world. Thames & Hudson published her book The Secret Life of Whales in 2021.

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