The Atlas of Butterflies and Diurnal Moths in the Monsoon Tropics of Northern Australia.

Authored by M.F. Braby, D.C. Franklin, D.E Bisa, M.R Williams, A.A.E Williams, C.L. Bishop, R.A.M. Coppen.

Pale Swallowtail, Graphium euryplus, photo by A.S. Kono, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

New from (amongst others) WAISS Members Dr Matthew and Andrew Williams, The Atlas of Butterflies and Diurnal Moths in the Monsoon Tropics of Northern Australia is a beautiful and thoroughly researched new book documenting the distribution, phenology and host plants of the butterflies in this vast region of northern Australia. This region is significant for biodiversity conservation because it supports high levels of species richness and endemism – range-restricted taxa that are not represented elsewhere in Australia. However, current knowledge is based almost entirely on vertebrates and there have been no previous detailed studies examining patterns of biodiversity of invertebrates. Moreover, the region is under increasing pressure for development and exploitation of its natural wealth by the expanding agricultural and mining sectors. Hence, there is an urgent need for a holistic approach to identify its biological assets and inform policy and conservation management agencies. This new book addresses this lack of knowledge for a flagship group of invertebrates, the butterflies and day-flying moths.

Available now in print or free electronic form from ANU Press.