Butterflies of India


    THIS book is intended for the uninitiated, and its primary object is to illustrate all the Indian butterflies, except a few which are very closely alike. More than 500 species are dealt with, leaving the Lycaenidae and Hesperiidag for treatment in a second volume. A few notes on the collection and preservation of specimens are given, and the remainder of the book is occupied with short and, so far as possible, non-technical specific descriptions. The characters given for three out of the four families are popularised, we think, to the extent of inefficiency, while the Nym-phalidae are not diagnosed at all. Generic keys or tables are dispensed with, no doubt on account of the difficulty of translating them into non-technical language. The reader, therefore, needs to compare his specimens with the illustrations and descriptions until he alights upon the correct species. After a little practice he will probably experience no great difficulties in doing so.

    Butterflies of India.

    By Chas. B. Antram. Pp. xvi + 226. (Calcutta and Simla: Thacker, Spink and Co., 1924.) 30 rupees.

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    Butterflies of India . Nature 115, 115 (1925) doi:10.1038/115115c0

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