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The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History, Vol. II: Riodinidae Paperback – March 17, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Butterflie of Costa Rica & Their Natural History (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 17, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691028893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691028897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,031,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Invaluable to anyone studying the butterflies of the Neotropics.
(New Scientist)

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A massive storehouse of superb natural history. For butterfly collectors and naturalists generally, there are excellent pieces about the study of natural history, conservation in the neotropics, and the preservation of biological diversity. New students and seasoned scholars alike will find generous suggestions of research projects--even in the individual species accounts.
(Henry S. Horn, Princeton University)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Pruimers on April 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This hefty book is not a book you would like to drag along in you daypack (I tried, so I know). Yet, you will need it around (so, in your lodge or tent) when you're walking the rainforests and trying to make out what you've seen. It gives a clear description, added to clear drawings, of all the butterflies in the described families. That leads me to the only drawback: it's "just" a number of famlies described here, so the title is somewhat misleading. I'm eagerly awaiting the follow-up with the rest of the Lepidoptera, hoping that they will be covered in a similar way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Markovic on June 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
For all of you who are looking for a good quality source book for your art projects this is the book that will provide you, not only, with detailed drawings but also with beautiful color images of Costa Rican butterflies. I only wish there were more color photographs of the insect, but since I researched line drawings to incorporate them into design this book even exceeded my needs. It also helped my seven year old daughter to understand and appreciate the complexity of this species not only its beauty. The text is easy to understand and can make a good vacation reading
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book along with the photo essay book "Costa Rica : The Last Country the Gods Made" should be owned by anyone who loves Costa Rica, even if they think they despise nature studies as dry and limited. Buy it just for the color plates. This book's spirit is undeniable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madro Bandaries on June 7, 2007
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This is a wonderful book on butterflies, well-researched, more photos than you can review in a day, and a joy to behold. DeVires has provided the amateur, the professional or the everyday reader with all the known information of every butterfly found in Costa Rica. ( Yes, many of them get to the U.S.) DeVires' attention to detail, his photos and his comments demonstrate discipline ordinary writers can only envy. Also be warned, this is "Volume II" of his massive opus to our winged-friends. You will have to find "Volume I" on the used book sites. DeVires is now teaching and researching at the University of New Orleans, but at the end of the day, this volume and the previous volume will stand as testimony to what a field researcher can do. Buy this book.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carlton Collier on July 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
After traveling different countries and using various field guides, I can say that this one needs a lot of improvement. This book only covers a small section of species. The specimens that are used are tattered and some are difficult to use for ID purposes. In most guides, the photo description on the left usually include the page number for the text, this one doesn't. So, you have to check the name and look to the index to cross over to the text page. Speaking of names, they are only called by the Latin scientific name. This is probably not a big issue since most do not have one.

Now, the text is very thorough and there have been a great deal of time and patience to acquire the information and data. I still would recommend this book despite its flaws. So far, it is probably the only book describing Costa Rican Butterflies.
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