Ken Preston-Mafham's "500 Butterflies: From Around the World" Book

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


The perfect introduction to Lepidoptera in all their diversity.

This handsome, well-illustrated guide features 514 butterflies from all continents, most of them photographed in their natural environment, sometimes with their caterpillars. 

Specs: 514 color photographs, sidebars, glossary, further references, index
Pages: 528
Trim Size: 6" X 6 1/4" X 1 5/16"

The butterflies are organized by genus, species and subspecies, and described in authoritative text including personal observations in the wild. Each entry is cross-referenced to the index and glossary.

The description of each butterfly includes detailed information on:

  • Natural history
  • Habitat and distribution
  • Form
  • Behavior
  • Food and feeding
  • Species variations and taxonomy
  • Reproduction
  • Survival.


This beautiful book is a joy for the pictures alone, and it is also very informative and reveals the author's passion for this subject. This is a concise and attractive introduction to these fascinating insects and a useful resource for butterfly enthusiasts and naturalists of all ages.

Ken Preston-Mafham is a photographer, naturalist, authority on Lepidoptera, and the author of many books on natural history.


Butterflies we raise at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm