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British Butterfiles Figures and Descriptions of Every Native Species   By: (1829-1904)

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COLEMAN'S BRITISH BUTTERFLIES.

A cheap Edition of this Work, in boards, with plain Illustrations is also published, price 1s.

BRITISH BUTTERFLIES

FIGURES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF

EVERY NATIVE SPECIES

WITH AN ACCOUNT OF

BUTTERFLY DEVELOPMENT, STRUCTURE, HABITS, LOCALITIES,

MODE OF CAPTURE, AND PRESERVATION

BY W. S. COLEMAN

AUTHOR OF "OUR WOODLANDS, HEATHS, AND HEDGES"

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

PRINTED IN COLOURS BY EDMUND EVANS

LONDON

GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS

BROADWAY, LUDGATE HILL

GLASGOW, MANCHESTER, AND NEW YORK

UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME,

WITH COLOURED ILLUSTRATIONS.

COMMON OBJECTS OF THE SEA SHORE. By the Rev. J. G. WOOD.

COMMON OBJECTS OF THE COUNTRY. By the Rev. J. G. WOOD.

OUR WOODLANDS, HEATHS, and HEDGES. By W. S. COLEMAN.

BRITISH BIRDS, EGGS, AND NESTS. By the Rev. J. C. ATKINSON.

COMMON BRITISH MOTHS. By the Rev. J. G. WOOD.

COMMON BRITISH BEETLES. By the Rev. J. G. WOOD.

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PREFACE.

A desire to extend the knowledge of, and by so doing to extend the love for, those sunny creatures called Butterflies, has prompted the author to undertake this little work, which, though making no pretence to a technically scientific character, will, it is hoped, be found sufficiently complete and accurate to supply all information needful to the young entomologist as to the names, appearance, habits, localities, &c. of all our British Butterflies , together with a general history of butterfly life the mode of capture, preservation, and arrangement in cabinets the apparatus required, &c. At the same time it is so inexpensive as to be accessible to every schoolboy.

The subject is one which has formed the delight and study of the author from early boyhood, and butterfly hunting still preserves its fascinations, redoubling the pleasure of the country ramble in summer. {vi}

Should this volume be the means of inciting some to seek this source of healthful enjoyment, and to join in the peaceful study which may be so easily pursued by all dwellers in the country, it will have succeeded in its purpose.

The whole of the illustrative portraits of the butterflies have been drawn from nature by the author, and with one exception from specimens in his own collection. At least one figure of each species (of the natural size) is given; but in very many instances, where the sexes differ considerably from each other, both are figured, and the under sides are also frequently added.

The greater number of the caterpillars and chrysalides , however, being rarely met with, the figures on the first plate are nearly all borrowed from the splendid and accurate works of Continental authors chiefly from Hübner and Duponchel.

With great pleasure, the author here acknowledges his obligations, for many biographical facts relating to butterflies, to those highly useful periodicals, the Zoologist and the Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer , the former devoted to general natural history, the latter especially to entomology, and whose pages register a {vii} mass of interesting and original communications from correspondents who, living in wide spread localities, and possessing varied opportunities of observation, have gradually brought together, under able editorship, a store of facts that could never have come within the personal experience of any one man, however industrious and observant.

The capture during the past year of a new and interesting butterfly for the first time in this country, is recorded in this volume, in which the insect is also figured and described.

BAYSWATER, April 1860 .

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BRITISH BUTTERFLIES.

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