About the Book
Throughout history, butterflies have fascinated artists, philosophers, scientists and schoolchildren with their profound mystery and beauty. Illustra Media’s new film Metamorphosis explores the remarkable world of butterflies as few documentaries have before, tracing their amazing transformation from caterpillars into winged masterpieces through MRI imaging, computer animation, and stunning nature footage. How did these extraordinary creatures come into being? Are they the products of a blind, undirected process? Or were they the result of intelligent design? In this digital companion to the film, learn more about both the science and artistry of butterflies, how butterflies challenge Darwinian evolution, and how they point toward intelligent design. This 94-page book includes more than twenty stunning full-color photos (many taken during the production of the film) and is introduced by a special message from best-selling novelist Dean Koontz.
Lad Allen is co-founder of Illustra Media, a motion picture production company based in Southern California. Lad has produced, written, and directed more than 100 films and received numerous international awards. Illustra’s documentary trilogy—Unlocking the Mystery of Life, The Privileged Planet, andDarwin’s Dilemma—has helped popularize the scientific case for intelligent design in the universe. These films have been translated into more than two dozen languages and distributed throughout the world. Illustra’s most recent documentary is Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies, which was released during the summer of 2011.
Bernard d’Abrera is an Australian entomological taxonomist and philosopher of science. His magnum opus comprises a series of works forming a synoptic reference to the true butterflies, hawk moths and saturniid moths of the world, which is based largely on the collections of the Natural History Museum in London, and other worldwide museums, public and private. The works comprise taxonomic text of over 4 million words, illustrated with over 66,000 colored figures, over approximately 7,500 pages. (See the Hill House Publishers website for a list of titles, regions and families treated.) D’Abrera has described several new genera as well as over 100 new species and subspecies. The D’Abrera’s Tiger, Parantica dabrerai, an Indonesian butterfly species, is named for him, as is Gnathothlibus dabrera, a species of Indonesian moth.