Visiting Professor, University of Southampton (UK)

Entomologist, Author and Lecturer




My most recent publication

"Seeing Butterflies, New Perspectives on

Colour Patterns and Mimicry" (Papadakis 2014)

is an attempt to explain, for the generalreader, the meaning of the colour patterns

and images on the wings of butterflies andmoths. This is based on a new theory ofmimicry, Satyric Mimicry, which is slowly gaining credence amongst scientists, and helps to explain much about the evolution


A few comments from reviewers on this and previous books (Butterflies, Messages from Psyche, and

Giant Silmoths (with co-author Kirby Wolfe), all published by Papadakis, UK


Simon Barnes. The Times

The most visually exciting book of the year … Howse has put together a teasing and brilliant treat; a piece of work that is designed to dazzle and boggle and bewilder


Antenna (Royal Entomological Soc. Journal):

‘Butterflies, Messages from Psyche’ is fascinating, enthralling…we are taken on an odyssey of epic proportions….Philip Howse’s book is not to be missed.


Michael McCarthy (The Independent):

He [Howse] is on to something new and remarkable….it’s the most fascinating butterfly book I’ve ever read. (Full review in Addendum 2)


Prof Jeremy Thomas OBE: (Preface to ‘Seeing Butterflies’ - see full appraisal below)

Many hundreds of books about insects are published each year, but it is only once every decade or so that one arrives that takes the breath away. (Full review in Addendum 1)


Woodland Trust: I was so enthralled by the superb photographs of butterflies and moths that I kept turning the pages treating the volume initially as a picture book,…I rapidly became even more captivated by the text. Philip Howse has the ability to express his ‘New Perspectives on Colour, Patterns and Mimicry’ in a fluid, eloquent but straightforward manner making his theories immediately accessible to a very wide audience.

of butterflies,moths and other insects.


My current projects are

1) Publication of a book on the Death's Head Hawkmoth - how it is seen in folklrore,

in literature and poetry, and differently perceived by scientists, birds, bees and bats.


2) A biography of The Rev. Miles Moss; a talented butterfly expert, artist, and musician and composer who had the whole of the Amazon basin as his parish in the first half of the 20th century


3) The History of Red Admirals. There are many species of red admiral, differing mainly in the red stripe patterns on the wings. The stripes allow them to mimic features of other animals - including the now extinct Moa birds of New Zealand.


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