The dangerous world of butterflies : the startling subculture of criminals, collectors, and conservationists
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Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2009.
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Book
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9781599215556, 1599215551
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xvi, 271 pages ; 24 cm.
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Adult (4th Floor) - Adult Nonfiction
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Published
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2009.
Language
English
ISBN
9781599215556, 1599215551

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Chronicles Laufer's unexpected discoveries in the butterfly industry and underground--from the beauty and magic of butterflies to the high-stakes realms of organized crime, ecological devastation, species depletion, natural history museum integrity, and chaos theory.
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"Turning from the Iraq War, author and journalist Laufer (Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq) decided to focus on the presumably innocuous business of butterflies. Fluttering across the globe for at least 40 million years, Lepidoptera face increasing threats in modern times, largely from habitat loss and pesticides. Amateur and professional butterfly experts weigh in on everything from art to conservation, breeding and butterfly sex to development and wing colors, as well as the meaning of their fascination for humans. Lepidopterology contains a surprising stack of unsolved mysteries, including the process of metamorphosis: what goes on in the chrysalis, in which every cell of the caterpillar's body liquefies before reconstituting into a butterfly, might as well be magic. Laufer also finds controversy in commercial breeding and discovers "worldwide criminal operations" in butterfly poaching and smuggling (in which driving species to near extinction is a standard practice for pushing up specimen prices). In casual prose, Laufer delivers an absorbing science lesson for fans of the colorful bugs"--Washington Post.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Laufer, P. (2009). The dangerous world of butterflies: the startling subculture of criminals, collectors, and conservationists . Lyons Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Laufer, Peter. 2009. The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists. Lyons Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Laufer, Peter. The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists Lyons Press, 2009.

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Laufer, Peter. The Dangerous World of Butterflies: The Startling Subculture of Criminals, Collectors, and Conservationists Lyons Press, 2009.

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