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Butterflies through Binoculars: The East A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Eastern North America (Butterflies Through Binoculars Series) [Paperback]

Jeffrey Glassberg
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Book Description

January 1999 0195106687 978-0195106688
This magnificent field guide greatly expands on Butterflies Through Binoculars: The Boston-New York-Washington Region--identified by Defenders of Wildlife Magazine as "the first to focus on netless butterflying" and called " a clear winner" by the Audubon Naturalist. Glassberg here shows us how to find, identify, and enjoy all of the butterflies native to the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada. This guide:
*Combines the immediacy and vividness of actual photographs of living butterflies with the traditional field guide format
*Emphasizes conservation over collection
*Includes 630 color photographs, arranged on 72 color plates, of butterflies in the wild
*Provides adjacent color maps that show where each species occurs in a given locality and for how much of the year
*Supplies entirely new field marks for butterfly identification
*Demonstrates how to identify subjects by way of the key characteristics butterflies are likely to display in their natural settings
*Shows how species can be recognized both from above and below
*Explains how to differentiate between males and females.
For butterfly enthusiasts, for bird watchers who want to add a new dimension to their hobby, for anyone who is simply interested in exploring the wilds of their own back yard, this new field guide offers hours of delightful help and instruction.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The life blood of Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg's new field guide are the superb photographs of living butterflies. Over 300 species of butterflies occurring in the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada are covered. The uniformly high quality of the photographs is instantly obvious....Glassberg and all those who helped him are to be commended on having produced a truly state of the art field guide."--News of the Lepidopterists' Society


About the Author


Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg is President of the North American Butterfly Association and editor of American Butterflies magazine. He lives in Morristown, New Jersey.

Product Details

  • Series: Butterflies Through Binoculars Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195106687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195106688
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Field Guides! May 17, 2000
Format:Paperback
An absolute must have! Glassberg, who is president of the North American Butterfly Association, shares his knowledge of these delicate creatures and makes identifcation easy and fun. Includes 625 color photos (most by Glassberg) of free-flying butterflies. The first butterfly guide to use plates showing correct size relationships among species. Also features sections on binoculars, photography, biology, conservation, and gardening. You won't be sorry you purchased this fine book!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Butterfly id book! August 5, 2001
Format:Paperback
Without comparison, this is the best butterfly id book around. It is really easy to navigate and find specific butterflies quickly, even for the novice. It has maps as well as larval foods for the different butterflies. Quite complete. I keep it sitting right here on my desk so that when I see a butterfly flitter by I can run outside and id it. Its also has tips on identifying butterflies that may look similar which is helpful. I'd buy it again for sure!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best butterfly reference for the eastern US August 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Glassberg has the ability to share his passion about butterflies while providing excellent field marks to look for. This book sets the standard for future butterfly books but may be hard to top except by Glassberg himself. Even the description of butterfies contains thought-provoking or entertaining tidbits that make them a joy to read. Great photographs (except for one), information on habitat, flight period, host and foodplants, and range; just about everything you need to know. More importantly, Glassberg, who is president of North American Butterfly Association, employs the NABA checklist for common names. This is critical if you participate in a 4th of July Butterfly Count. If you have an older field guide, throw it out and buy this one. I have no plans on butterflying in the western US but I will be the first to buy such a book if Glassberg writes it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes butterfly watching and ID fun and easy! February 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you've tried to identify butterflies and been frustrated, this is the book for you! If you like butterflies, gardening, or simply being outdoors, this too is the book for you! Spectacular photos of LIVE butterflies, brilliantly concise and educational text, excellent range maps, and seasonality charts make IDENTIFICATION easy. Users of this guide will learn quickly what many long-time butterfly watchers took years to learn. A fun tool for travel planning to butterfly hotspots too!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential guide in the Field August 8, 2005
Format:Paperback
Without a doubt one of the finest insect guides in North America today. The pictures are exquisite, the text accurate, and the identification process easy. Because of its ease of use and accuracy, this book is required for two courses that I teach at the College of Staten Island: Field Biology and Experimental Methods in Behavior. My students are in full agreement with me that this is an essential guide for our courses.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Agree-- This One Makes it Easy and Fun February 18, 2000
Format:Paperback
Yes, this is a superior field guide, whether one is collecting or watching. And, the texts are also pithy and contain some great and timely information on the butterflies and especially conservations situations. The butterfly enthusiast crowd is lucky to have had such an upsurge in interest in its subject, and Glassberg is to be credited with kindling much of this. Speaking of Butterflies through Binoculars-- a wonderful narrative about same, through the binoculars of history, is the recent Nabokov's Blues by Kurt Johnson, another prominent lepidopterist. Its time to look at butterflies, appreciate them, and increase our knowledge as well. Get out with Glassberg's book and then go home and read some "sit-down" informative entomology. Enjoy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a butterfly *field* guide, has extensive photos February 10, 1999
Format:Paperback
Extensive photos of living butterflies shot in the field. Text and range maps opposite the photos, upper and lower views of males and females side-by-side with similar species. Photos also have arrows to each species diagnostic field marks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 5, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book & fast transaction were great but the set up of the book was confusing. I expected it to be laid out like the National Geographic book, not with just info in the beginning & pictures all in back.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly enthusiasts need this one
I use this book every day during the spring, summer and fall. It's the easiest, most accessible guide to identifying butterflies. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth A. Alvord
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for in the field or reference.
An essential good for would-be butterfly spotters. Opens up a whole new world once you have your binoculars focused on these beautiful creatures.
Published 7 months ago by Don P
5.0 out of 5 stars Best butterfly book
This is the best butterfly ID book I have ever used. The photos, maps, and descriptions make difficult identifications easier.
Published 10 months ago by Thomas J. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies East
This is the usual superb product from Jeffrey Glassberg. The man knows his butterflies and this book reflects that. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ken Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars butterflies
I bought this for my husband for Christmas. We like to RV and watch birds. This summer we saw many butterflies and thought it would be nice to have a book to identify them. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Merrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies Through Binoculars - The East
My favorite butterfly field guide for butterflies of the eastern U.S. Lots of good photos and accompanying descriptions. Great resource for the recreational butterfly enthusiast.
Published 20 months ago by Quahog
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST butterfly field guide !
I've owned this butterfly field guide since it came out and used it a zillion times . . . so many times that I've worn it out. Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Patricia Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book...
This book has great color plates. Sadly many guides of this kind scrimp on black and white photo's. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by M. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome actual photos!
Borrowed my neighbor's copy of this book last summer and it helped me identify close to 50 different species of butterflies in the state park near me. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by okbike
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies Through Binoculars (The East)
I took an Advanced Class for a Master Naturalist program and learned butterflies through a retired Forest Service employee (PhD). Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by Stephen T. Gibson
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