The Secret Life of Butterflies


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2022.

ISBN: 9780500653012 Category:


A beautifully illustrated book on the fascinating lives of these delicate creatures.

This glorious guide uncovers the often surprising secret life of butterflies. Learn how to recognize the different types of butterfly species, discover how they evolved and how they eat, sleep and travel the world.
Rena Ortega’s marvellous illustrations accompany text by Roger Vila, one of the world’s greatest butterfly experts, who explains why these beautiful insects are so important.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 28 x 32 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 26 July 2022
Number of pages 48
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Rena Ortega, Text by Roger Vila
Dimensions 28 x 32 cm
Weight 300 g


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Roger Vila is the Principal Investigator of the Butterfly Diversity and Evolution Lab at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, and has directed an international project that, over 15 years, has sequenced 97% of European butterfly species. Rena Ortega is renowned for her illustrations of the natural world. Thames & Hudson published her book The Secret Life of Whales in 2021.