Butterflies of Cyprus

A Field Guide and Distribution Atlas

September 2022
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    12th September 2022
  • ISBN 9781800621251
  • Language English
  • Pages 376 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images color photos throughout

From the tiny Freyeria trochylus (Grass Jewel), Europe's smallest butterfly, to the magnificent, newly arrived Papilio demoleus (Lime Swallowtail), this comprehensively illustrated reference book and field guide includes all butterfly species known for Cyprus over the past 100 years. Featured on the covers are images of the island's seven endemics, which are discussed in depth and, where applicable, species/subspecies present in nearby countries of the eastern Mediterranean are given. Included, too, are detailed distribution maps representing records garnered from almost 300 recorders/sources (particularly members of the Cyprus Butterfly Study Group), over a period of more than 20 years.

Content includes many citations complemented by a supporting Bibliography, with emphasis on butterflies of the eastern Mediterranean region. The book is aimed at butterfly enthusiasts seeking to identify Cyprus's butterflies, and professional entomologists and academic researchers.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: A Review of Butterfly Research in Cyprus
Chapter 3: Biogeography
Chapter 4: The Life Cycle of the Butterfly
Chapter 5: Habitats
Chapter 6: Butterfly Behaviour
Chapter 7: ‘Forms’, Aberrations and Dwarfism
Chapter 8: Phenology
Chapter 9: Biodiversity and Endemics
Chapter 10: The Cyprus Butterfly List
Chapter 11: Residency, Broods and Habitats of Butterflies in Cyprus
Chapter 12: Presentation of Species – explanatory notes
Chapter 13: Potential changes to the Cyprus List
Chapter 14: Status of Butterflies in Cyprus
Chapter 15: Conservation of the Island’s Butterflies

Eddie John

A period of residency in Cyprus followed by annual visits enabled Eddie John to study the island’s butterflies and to establish the Cyprus Butterfly Recording Scheme. In 2002, he edited (and provided distribution maps for) Butterflies of Cyprus (Makris, 2003; 329 pp. now out of print ). EJ was the principal editor of an 895-page book, Wildlife of Cyprus (Sparrow & John, 2016) and contributed a 64-page chapter on butterflies. In 2020, he co-authored and edited Vol II of Butterflies of the Levant (Benyamini & John). He has written or co-authored over 50 papers, the majority peer-reviewed.

Christodoulos Makris

Christodoulos Makris is a permanent resident of Cyprus. For more than thirty years he has studied, documented and photographed the biodiversity of Cyprus, maintaining an archive of thousands of photographs of the flora and fauna of the island. He is the author of the book Butterflies of Cyprus (Makris, 2003; 329 pp., now out of print) which includes more than 800 of his photographs. He has written or co-authored over 30 papers; the majority published in peer-reviewed journals.

Cyprus; Mediterranean; island biogeography; butterfly distribution; conservation status; butterfly behavior; field guide; insect conservation; habitat conservation; migration; insect migration; butterfly migration; butterfly identification