IRELAND'S BUTTERFLIES A REVIEW
DAVID NASH, TREVOR BOYD & DEIRDRE HARDIMAN
THE INFORMATION received by the authors from several hundred recorders, during their coordination of butterfly recording over a fifteen year survey period (1995-2009) of all the butterflies of Ireland, is central to this book. The data collected has provided unique detail on the distribution of Irish butterflies and on when and where they may be seen. The book contains some 350 photographs, drawings, maps and charts. All thirty four species of butterfly regularly seen in Ireland with their eggs, larvae and pupae are described. The rarer vagrant butterflies to our shores are also illustrated.The various chapters include a historyof the study of butterflies in Ireland, geology, soils and climate, conservation, gardening for butterflies, species accounts, sites of interest and a number of appendices with supplementary information including a bibliography. Unique to this publication is the chapter on 'The Butterfly as an Insect' which illustrates and details the behaviour, function and form of the butterfly. So there is information for every reader, from the beginner wishing to identify apassing butterfly to the person seeking further detailed information.The ongoing losses of bog and semi-natural habitat are a major cause of concern for this fascinating aspect of Ireland’s heritage. There are eight species of butterfly on the Northern Ireland (UK) Priority List, whereas in the Republic of Ireland the only legally protected species is the Marsh Fritillary which is designated as a consequence of the Bern Convention and the Habitats Directive.
ISBN 978 0 9530037 2 3. Hardback. All colour printing, 272 pages. >>>>
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Publication date: late February 2012. RRP €25.
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