The South Pacific is a vast expanse of ocean-over 50 million km^2-with tiny scattered islands and island groups. From Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Fiji in the west, to the far-flung Marquesas and Austral Islands in French Polynesia in the east, this book surveys and discovers the butterfly inhabitants of these tropical islands. For completeness, Hawai'i to the rth-where there are many fewer islands in an otherwise empty ocean-is included. To the south and with a much larger land area, lies temperate New Zealand, with a further string of islands reaching into subantarctic waters.
Brian Patrick is the co-author of several books on natural history and invertebrates, including Wild Dunedin, Wild Central, Wild Fiordland (with Neville Peat) and Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand (with Brian Parkinson). He has worked for the Dept of Conservation, at the Otago Museum and as director of the Alexandra Museum. Hamish Patrick could not escape butterflies and moths, as Brians son, and has assisted in the fieldwork for and writing of this book. He is completing his masters at Canterbury University.