Butterflies – Free e-book

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Rambling Ratz has been somewhat cage-bound of late, but does that stop me rambling? Does it heck. While everyone else in the UK has been enjoying the heatwave I have been sniffing out a marvellous free e-book, courtesy of the good folks at Project Gutenberg.

Illustrations of British butterlies by Edmund Evans Plate IX Illustrated by Edmund Evans

The past few very wet summers have been bad for our butterflies, but they have bounced back with the recent hot sunny weather. For those who would like to learn more about British butterflies, but prefer their information wordy and overblown, then I would heartily recommend the 1860 tome, « British Butterflies – Figures and Descriptions of Every Native Species » by W.S. Coleman which can be found here. It has some illustrated colour plates by Edmund Evans, some of which are prettifying this post.

Victorian butterfly collectors filled their drawers, « Oooer, now missus .. » with trays upon trays…

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