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The Language of Butterflies

The Language of Butterflies

by Wendy Williams

An enthralling look at one of the world's most beautiful and resilient animals, and the role they play in our ecosystem

Format
PB
Category
Non-Fiction
Publisher
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd
Publish Date
August 2020

Butterflies are beloved across the globe, adorning gardens, parks and zoos. Their feats are staggering - monarchs migrate thousands of kilometres each year. They are smarter than we think - some species have learned to fool ants into taking care of them. Their beauty has led many to obsession - lepidopterists (butterfly-seekers) have died in search of particular species, frenzied and driven mad in the pursuit of colour.What draws us to these creatures so intensely? Why do they live so briefly? How do they get their colours? Science journalist Wendy Williams investigates butterflies across the globe, their habitats and those dedicated to studying them. She examines the ancient partnership between butterflies and humans, and the ways we depend on them today - from a bellwether on climate change to a source of life-saving medical technology.

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