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Giant Silkmoths

Colour, Mimicry & Camouflage
by Philip Howse and Kirby Wolfe
Papadakis Dist A C

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Pub Date: 2012
Format: Paperback with color illus.
Pages: 192 pp.
Size: 9.75 x 11.75 inches

ISBN: 9781906506254
TB Code: 1705013
Availability: 386 in stock

The most spectacular wild silkmoths live in tropical and subtropical forests and include the elegant moon moths with delicate pale green wings and long tails, the huge atlas moths with snake patterns embroidered on the edges of their wings, and the 'bullseye' moths with brightly-coloured eye-spots that resemble the eyes of owls. The interplay of wing colour and design, behavior, and ecology in the evolution of these extraordinary insects is explored in a lively, accessible text by award-winning author Philip Howse accompanied by Kirby Wolfe's magnificent photographs. Many previously unrecognized examples of mimicry of other animals embedded in their wing patterns are described and illustrated, including images of owl eyes, bird wings, claws, teeth, heads of reptiles, birds, rodents, cats... all designed to frighten the shortsighted, insect-eating birds that seek to prey on them.