His Imperial Majesty: A Natural History of the Purple Emperor
Matthew Oates has spent fifty years trying to unravel the Emperor's secrets. Many mysteries remain unsolved, but enough are revealed in this book to enable experts and non-experts alike to go out in search of a butterfly that thrills and enthrals all who encounter it.
This is a good-news species, at a time of massive wildlife decline. And this is a joyous – often rapturous – account, written in plain English, as a labour of love.
Hardback, 432pp, 1 x 8pp colour plate section
M. Oates, Bloomsbury, 2020