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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 26.5 June 2015

Lost language: the forgotton cultural lives of butterflies

By - Peter Marren

In this second part of our series on mankind’s perceptions of butterflies, the author examines the meanings behind artistic representations of the insects.
Almost alone in the insect world, butterflies have brightly coloured wings, often with intricate patterns. Obviously enough, these colours serve a biological purpose. They might warn predators that the butterfly is toxic; or help it to attract a mate; or act as distractions, such as the little ‘eyes’ inset into the corner of the wings of some of the browns. 

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist