Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies

Rainbow Dust Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies A uniquely personal look about butterflies and about the people who love them which surely is most of us Much than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores

  • Title: Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies
  • Author: Peter Marren
  • ISBN: 9780224098656
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A uniquely personal look about butterflies and about the people who love them which, surely, is most of us.Much than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non naturalists alike In this uniquely eloquent and deeply personal book, naturalist PeterA uniquely personal look about butterflies and about the people who love them which, surely, is most of us.Much than just another field guide or a natural history of butterflies Rainbow Dust explores the ways in which butterflies delight and inspire us all, naturalists and non naturalists alike In this uniquely eloquent and deeply personal book, naturalist Peter Marren explores the special place that butterflies hold in our hearts, in our cultural lives and in our imagination and recalls his own lifetime s obsession with these ephemeral creatures Rainbow Dust is a celebration of butterflies one shot through with a sense of wonder but also of sorrow at what we are losing.

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    1. An enthusiastic, wide-ranging book about Britain’s butterflies, from the earliest collectors and entomological societies to today’s nature reserves and academic research. Marren is a wildlife writer based in Wiltshire. His fascination with butterflies began at age five: he still remembers catching a Painted Lady in his hands and it transferring some of its colors onto his palm. Rainbow dust, he dubbed it. “It was a Nabokov moment because only he could put into words what most of us can onl [...]

    2. There is something about butterflies that captivates some people. They fulfil no ecological purpose, as they are not pollinators, they are not a source of food for a most animals as they are frequently full of poisons and unpalatable substances, they just seem to exist because nature can make it so. Regardless of their purpose, these brightly coloured little insects have enthralled people for years. From the time he first caught one at the age of five, Peter Marren was one of those captivated by [...]

    3. This book is written for people with whom this quote from the introduction resonates:"For those bitten with the bug, butterflies feed the emotions in strangely intense ways, perhaps in similar ways to paintings or music or a good book."It is also (there's a clue in the title) targeted at British people, or, at least, butterfly enthusiasts with an interest in British butterflies.If you are one of those people like the person my wife was speaking to the other day who never notice butterflies and h [...]

    4. "Artists have long seen something spiritual in the butterfly. They are set apart from other winged life by their colors and graceful flight; they are the closest thing the natural world offers to our idea of the spirit. To a variety of cultures from ancient times to the near-present, butterflies have represented the visible part of the human soul."I first became fascinated with butterflies when one landed next to me at the gym in New York City. It turned out to be a Skipper, a moth-type butterfl [...]

    5. Peter Marren’s “Rainbow Dust” is an historical account of British men and women’s fascination with butterflies, in the shape of among other things: collecting, study, and conservation of the species. While the book does talk of the butterfly on its own - the changes in butterfly colonies and living situations, the species dying out or returning - the main focus lies with the human’s of the stories. The first part of this book goes into the collecting of butterflies as an activity. Marr [...]

    6. This is, for me, the very best natural history book I have read this year. Now perhaps I ought to mention that I am dining with its author later in the week but we’ll each be paying our own way so I haven’t been bought. It is a delight – and that is in a year of delightful books with Nick Davies’s Cuckoo running this a close second and two other books with quite an involvement of butterflies and moths (The Moth Snowstorm and In Pursuit of Butterflies) coming along in close order.Peter Ma [...]

    7. I thought this was a very interesting book. In case you're wondering, like I was, how an author would fill a whole book with facts about butterflies here's a chapter outline. I highly recommend it for people interested in butterflies and the history of nature study in general.Preface: A new preface written by the author for the American edition.Introduction: The author's story of discovering butterflies. Meeting the Butterfly: Their living habits and biological processes.Chasing the Clouded Yell [...]

    8. I loved the first half although my mind started to wander as the book went on but not because the author doesn't write well. The focus is entirely on butterflies in Britain. One gem was learning of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). She was a Dutch artist and a fascinating character for her time. For anyone interested in natural history, I recommend Rainbow Dust

    9. Found whilst perusing the books section of the Telegraph whilst queuing outside the Grace Gates (let the reader understand: it was the 2015 Ashes day three, Saturday, and one had to get there early. Thus plenty of time to read ALL the sections of the Saturday paper.)Anyway. A book about butterflies, looking at how they have influenced medicine, art, conversation, women doing science, and thus setting up the entomological society which was called the Aurelians. This is a prettily covered book, on [...]

    10. Jeg må sige jeg er overrasket over at nogen kan skrive så meget og så interessant om sommerfugle, et emne som ellers ligger mig meget fjernt.

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