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Audubon Butterflies - A Field Guide to North American Butterflies

by NatureShare
Rated: All Ages
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

Price: $3.99
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What's new in version 2.7.0
  • • Improved app performance
  • • Faster and more reliable content downloading
  • • Larger species thumbnails when browsing

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004VNO4JU
  • Release Date: April 7, 2011
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,659 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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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

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

• This app is optimized for Android Version 2.1+. Suggested minimum device CPU is 800 Mhz. The App's 260+ MB database installs directly to the SD card with Version 2.2+. With Version 2.1 the app database must be moved manually to the SD card through Settings.
• PLEASE NOTE: This app is not yet compatible for honeycomb.

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


• Join our online field guide community of nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts at

• Read the blogs for insights from our naturalists in the field

• Send us your suggestions, comments or requests. We also welcome submissions of high quality photographs that might assist our users in identifying butterflies. You can contact us directly by selecting "Feedback" in the "More" section of the application.

Technical Details

  • Size: 15MB
  • Version: 2.7.0
  • Developed By: NatureShare
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read only access to device state
    • Required to be able to access the camera device
    • Access location information
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Change Wi-Fi connectivity state
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
    • One or more permissions that have no effect because they are no longer supported in Android.
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.1
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 2 minutes

Customer Reviews

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332 of 376 people found the following review helpful
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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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181 of 219 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies are self propelled flowers April 26, 2012
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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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88 of 112 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not up to Audubon standards July 22, 2011
By walshlg
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A nice start but disappointing compaired to the N American bird guide. There are no pictures of the catepillars and no range maps nor good descriptions of seasonality.

The pictures are all excellent and point out the features for identification. Easy to use.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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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Published 4 months ago by Dave Cook
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money - not updated.
DO NOT BUY! I used to have this on my Galaxy S3 and it was a beautiful app. Since updating to a Note 4 the app does not work and is not supported for newer versions of Android OS. Read more
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I watch butterflies and this is a great educational app for identifying them.
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