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Acknowledgements

The data presented on this website is based on over 50 years of extensive personal observation by Adrian Hoskins F.R.E.S. It is supplemented by data collated from numerous books, academic papers, and personal communications with eminent biologists.

In order to make the text more accessible and easy to read I do not incorporate citations to the invaluable works of others, but wish to express my sincerest gratitude to the following people, and recommend their works to anyone wishing to explore the subject more deeply : Andrew Neild, Arjan Basu Roy, Bernard d'Abrera, Bernard Hermíer, Bernaud Dominique, Blanca Huertas, Bob Robbins, Curtis Callaghan, Delano Lewis, Jason Hall, Jean-Marc Gayman, Jeremy Thomas, Jorge Bizzaro, Gerardo Lamas, Hugh Rowell, Keith Willmott, Kevin Tuck, Martin Honey, Martin Warren, Maurizio Bollino, Michael Parsons, Pat Haynes, Phil DeVries, Ronald Brabant, Stéphane Attal, Szabolcs Safian, Tomasz Pyrcz, Torben Larsen, and Zsolt Balint.

I would also like to thank Bernard & Lucilla d'Abrera for their very generous donation of 11 vols of Butterflies of the World, an indispensable series of books illustrating specimens of most of the currently known species of butterfly. My thanks go also to Colin Baker for his generous donation of software and to Tony Hoare who kindly donated Willmott's book The Genus Adelpha.

 

 

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