The Secret Life of Butterflies

Rena Ortega, Roger Vila

Discover this follow-up to The Secret Life of Whales—a beautifully illustrated and expansive exploration of butterflies that will appeal to children everywhere. 

Butterflies may be the most magical of insects—but did you know that some of them can fly almost forty miles per hour? This stunningly illustrated children’s reference shares some of the most incredible and thrilling details about the many kinds of butterflies and moths. From where they migrate to how they trick predators, The Secret Life of Butterflies is full of fascinating facts. With so many things to learn, young nature lovers won’t be able to put down this charming introduction to these beautiful insects. 


Rena Ortega

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Rena Ortega is an illustrator, designer, and explorer of the world. Inspired by nature and her passion for books and travel, she has specialized in powerful watercolor illustrations of whales, nature, and maps. She has worked for Penguin Random House and National Geographic Traveler. Her work about whales has been exhibited at the Húsavík Whale Museum, Iceland.

Roger Vila

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Roger Vila is the principal investigator of the Butterfly Diversity and Evolution Lab at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, and has directed an international project that, over fifteen years, has sequenced 97 percent of European butterfly species.