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Audubon Butterflies - A Field Guide to North American Butterflies

by National Audubon Society
Rated: All Ages

Price: $3.99
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What's new in version 4.2.7
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Product Features

  • In-depth descriptions of over 600 butterflies of North America
  • Includes detailed butterfly natural history
  • Over 2,000 beautiful color photographs detailing each species
  • Advanced search and browsing with multiple variables such as size, region, zip code, color, habitat, and more
  • Sync on demand to update your app's database with any new species information

Product Description

The best field guide for the season!

Nothing beats Audubon mobile field guides! With 1 million downloads, they are the most trusted authoritative field guide collection in North America. Highest quality at an affordable price.

We are proud that 8% of every sale goes directly to Audubon to support its mission to conserve and protect nature's at-risk birds and wildlife.

An indispensable reference for over 600 butterfly species.

"Beautiful - everything from the photos to the color schemes on this app are just really pleasant to look at." - Robert Mortenson

Audubon Butterflies is your essential guide to over 600 butterflies of North America. Now you can identify every species in your backyard, parks, gardens, the woods or fields with thousands of professional color photographs.

Contains in-depth, authoritative information based on the National Audubon Society’s Field Guides to Butterflies with updates by Rick Cech, a natural history author and one of the world's leading butterfly experts.


• In-depth Descriptions of every species, with authoritative information on appearance, habitat, behavior, and much more

• Over 2,000 beautiful color photographs detailing each species with extraordinary clarity.

• A detailed reference section, which includes detailed butterfly natural history


• Identify with accuracy. Browse by shape, name (first, last, scientific), or by family

• Search by multiple “advanced search” variables including shape, size, region, color, and habitat

• Navigate back and forth between species information, personalized Life Lists and Sightings, search functions and more with ease and clarity.

• Record your field experiences using the Life List and Sighting features. Track a sighting using the device’s GPS, add notes, and save to the App for records of your nature adventures

About us:
The Audubon mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems,  focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of  humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Through its education, science and public policy initiatives, Audubon  engages people throughout the U.S. and Latin America in conservation.  Audubon’s Centers, and its sanctuaries and  education programs are developing the next generation of conservation leaders  by providing opportunities for families, students, teachers and others to learn  about and enjoy the natural world.  The  science program is focused on connecting people with nature through projects  like Audubon at Home and Great Backyard Bird Count.  Audubon’s volunteer Citizen Scientists  participate in research and conservation action in a variety of ways, from  monitoring bird populations and restoring critical wildlife habitat to  implementing healthy habitat practices in their own backyards.  Audubon’s public policy programs are supported  by a strong foundation of science, environmental education, and grassroots  engagement.  Working with a network of  state offices, chapters, and volunteers, Audubon works to protect and restore  our natural heritage.

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Size: 23.7MB
Version: 4.2.7
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Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
Approximate Download Time: Less than 3 minutes

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This review could be for just about all of the Audubon (Green Mountain Digital) nature apps: If you knew the name of the butterfly (or tree or wildflower) that you were looking at or looking for, great! This App will give you a description, the region it's found in, its habitats, its colors, and its sizes. The problem is, what I see is a gray butterfly that is about 1 inch across, living in grasslands, and I haven't the foggiest idea what it is - and I have 3 books on this topic!

There are over 60 species of butterflies on the mountain four miles from where I live. I can pick out the Common Ringlet, because for a change it is common. BUT, there are five subspecies like the Arizona Ringlet that live here, too. I know what a Sulphur is, but not all 7 Sulphurs. So, when I saw that you could look up a butterfly using a number of criteria, I said THIS is the App for me!

Under "Advanced Search," I put in the habitat as Shrublands and Grasslands, the color as silver,the region as California, and the size as 1-1.5 inches, and I figured that that should be sufficient to come up with the Common Ringlet. The fields are full of them!

Nothing! the results said, "No matching results were found. Please try other criterions." (And, btw, the plural of criterion is criteria.) So, I tried white and just grasslands, Same results or lack of results. I took out the habitat and just left white, California, and 1-1.5 inches: Zip, zilch, nada, nothing, bupkas.

If you hear some frustration, you've got it right. I thought I had found the holy grail, and I guess I deserve to be disappointed. The concept of multiple criteria is marvelous; the execution is terrible.
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After receiving Audubon Birds as the Free App of the Day, I was impressed enough by it to purchase several of the other Audubon Field Guide apps.

Like the Birds guide, there is so much information in the app it can be overwhelming if you try to browse through it like a printed guide book. And like the other Field Guide apps, this one has a search function to make it easier to identify a particular species, but in this app it is rather lacking. While the other Audubon apps have a dozen or more criteria you can search with, this app has only 5, shape, habitat, region, color and size. The shape criteria isn't much help if you're a novice, as there is no explanation as to the difference between, say, a Swallowtail and a Hairstreak. Searching by size is completely broken. I tried to search for a white and orange butterfly measuring 1-3 inches and it claimed there were no matches, but if I looked for one measuring 1.25-1.5 inches, it found over a dozen. Now, when I was in school, the range of 1 to 3 included 1.25 to 1.5.

The app lets you keep a life list, record sightings and take photos, and then upload them to

Because of the huge volume of data available, this app does require a data connection or a 250 MB optional download. If you choose not to download the data, it could chew up considerable bandwidth if you have a limited data plan.

Higher resolution images would be nice, since the difference between species is sometimes very subtle. More pictures of caterpillars and the ability to search based on caterpillar criteria would be nice.

While the app has a moth section, it appears to be mostly brightly colored moths such as the Luna Moth. I couldn't find any Pterophoridae (Plume Moths), for instance.

The app works well enough on my tablet, but it can't make up its mind whether it wants to run in landscape or portrait.
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I am enjoying my new app, taking a look at all the gorgeous butterflies. I think many reviewers are not taking the time to figure out how it works, which is too bad. You will be asked to create an account when the app opens, but you can just scroll to the bottom of the screen and click cancel. The account is not required, just recommended.

Additionally, you only need to download the 600 MB of pictures if you want to take it into the field with you. That makes sense -- images are big. There are a lot of images in this guide. It's great that they don't download automatically so that people who want to view the images but not take it into the field have the option to stay home and save the storage space. The farthest I will probably stray with this is into the garden and my wifi will reach that far, so I have no problems with that. If you do take it out with you on a stroll, you can always download the images for the day on wifi and then delete the app and reinstall it when you get home to save the space. AND, that's where the account comes in handy -- you can store your sightings there so they aren't lost when you reinstall.

About image quality -- on a Kindle Fire HD newest gen, with the amazing screen, some of the photos are not serious hi def (and then again, neither are my eyes anymore, so no biggie). However, they are certainly good quality, and I expect they look better on a smaller or lower quality display.

Search is a bit confusing. Make sure that if you are sorting by habitat, region, etc. that you use the search button at the very bottom of the options. I think that some people are using the sort options but then selecting the search button for the text search box at the top of the search screen.
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