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The Resource The dangerous world of butterflies : the startling subculture of criminals, collectors, and conservationists, Peter Laufer

The dangerous world of butterflies : the startling subculture of criminals, collectors, and conservationists, Peter Laufer

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The dangerous world of butterflies : the startling subculture of criminals, collectors, and conservationists
Title
The dangerous world of butterflies
Title remainder
the startling subculture of criminals, collectors, and conservationists
Statement of responsibility
Peter Laufer
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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
  • "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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Laufer, Peter
Dewey number
595.78/9/075
Index
index present
LC call number
QL542
LC item number
.L38 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Butterflies
  • Butterflies
  • Butterflies
  • Butterflies
Label
The dangerous world of butterflies : the startling subculture of criminals, collectors, and conservationists, Peter Laufer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Off to Nicaragua and an introduction to Lepidoptera -- With the purists where butterflies fly free -- My successful commercial butterfly release -- Diapause -- The flight and plight of the monarch -- In pursuit of the world's most wanted butterfly smuggler -- Death-defying, globe-trotting butterfly hunting -- Butterflies versus National Security -- The butterfly as art -- Creation versus evolution -- Butterfly resurrection
Control code
ocn244418059
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 271 pages
Isbn
9781599215556
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2009003115
Stock number
1294769
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o244418059
  • (OCoLC)244418059
  • (Sirsi) b1169021
Label
The dangerous world of butterflies : the startling subculture of criminals, collectors, and conservationists, Peter Laufer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Off to Nicaragua and an introduction to Lepidoptera -- With the purists where butterflies fly free -- My successful commercial butterfly release -- Diapause -- The flight and plight of the monarch -- In pursuit of the world's most wanted butterfly smuggler -- Death-defying, globe-trotting butterfly hunting -- Butterflies versus National Security -- The butterfly as art -- Creation versus evolution -- Butterfly resurrection
Control code
ocn244418059
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 271 pages
Isbn
9781599215556
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2009003115
Stock number
1294769
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o244418059
  • (OCoLC)244418059
  • (Sirsi) b1169021

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