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Butterflies On the Roof of the World

Price : $10.75
ISBN # : 9789383064274
Author : Peter Smetacek
pages: 224
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Aleph Book Company
Published : 2014

Bhimtal, in the Western Himalaya, has more species of butterfly than most countries in Europe. It was to this lepidopteran paradise that Peter Smetacek s father moved his family so they could all pursue their passion for butterflies. The foremost among his siblings to inherit the family obsession, Peter caught his first butterfly at the age of three. After this, there was no looking back, and today Peter oversees the largest private collection of butterflies and moths in India.

In this book, he invites us into the fascinating world of butterflies. We accompany him on expeditions deep into the mountains of the Himalaya, the high desert landscapes of Ladakh, the leopard and bear-infested forests of Kumaon, the scenic meadows of Garhwal, and all manner of other habitats, as he attempts to capture rare and interesting species an all-black butterfly that hasn t been spotted for over a century, drunken moths that behave no differently from their human counterparts when they are tipsy, high-elevation butterflies that sail over mountain peaks, and caterpillars that are worth more than their weight in gold.

Along the way, in prose that is lucid, witty and always entertaining, he illuminates for the reader the mysterious world of the elusive insects he has spent a lifetime with, and explains why the well-being of butterflies is of vital importance to us all.

Author Bio: Peter Smetacek, an authority on Indian butterflies and moths, has published sixty papers on them and has described a dozen new to science. He pioneered the use of Lepidoptera as indicators of climate change with a paper published in 1994. He lives with his wife and two children in Bhimtal, where he runs the Butterfly Research Centre.

Review 1: The nearest parallel in terms of both writing and richness of detail is Jim Corbett s classic, Man-eaters of Kumaon. Every time you read Corbett, you are amazed, and Smetacek is not too different.

Source: Business Standard

Review 2: The author takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the little known world of insects… the prose is sparkling, witty and colourful.

Source: Biblio

Review 3: An engaging memoir that deftly weaves hilarious episodes from the author s life, includes learned observations on the interdependence of insects and plants, and juxtaposes serious environmental issues with World War II trivia.

Source: Input should not be all CAPS. DNA

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 27 May, 2014.

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