The Magic of Butterflies and Moths is an intriguing title and I learned some interesting facts about these winged creatures. It's important to note, however, that the author (and publisher) are based in Great Britain or Europe. This book was not written for a North American audience, with only two references, Monarch butterfly and Swallowtail. So, most readers won't be able to just walk outside and find the butterflies and moths described herein.
For the European or UK-based reader, the facts presented are interesting, such as following the life span of a butterfly from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly or moth. Also interesting was learning that some species thrive in cold regions such as upper Scotland. Some of the winged creatures even hibernate.
Others wear disguises to look like other insects and thus discourage predators. Some make themselves into a poison by eating toxic substances while in the larva stage. Still others have coloring that warns predators of the danger of eating them. Some butterflies, like the Monarch, migrate thousands of miles to California, Florida and even Mexico when winter causes milkweed, their main diet, to die off until the next summer.
The author includes personal tidbits and stories and knows his stuff. Andrews enjoyment and appreciation of butterflies and moths comes through clearly. He writes clearly and concisely and the book is very readable. It prods you to go outside and look for these beautifully marked insects.
~review by Judy Blackstone
Author: Steve Andrews
Moon Books, 2023