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Butterflies through Binoculars: The East A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Eastern North America (Butterflies Through Binoculars Series) Paperback – January 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0195106688 ISBN-10: 0195106687

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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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


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

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I've been using this book for years to identify butterflies.
Nature Girl
Glassberg's book is a "must have" for anyone interested in butterflies, whether they are a novice or an expert themselves.
M. E. Rufkahr
This book along with, Kaufman's field guide of North America is very helpful in identifying butterflies.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By William T. Parnell on 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 By merrymousies on 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 By A Customer on August 20, 1999
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 By A Customer on February 24, 1999
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Albert E. Burchsted on 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 By Dwight D. Schmidt on February 18, 2000
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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 By mqnature@hiline.net on February 10, 1999
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Rufkahr on July 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Glassberg's book is a "must have" for anyone interested in butterflies, whether they are a novice or an expert themselves. Glassberg has assembled a collection of stunning photographs of butterflies commonly found in the eastern part of the country. Each photo contains enough detail, that even the rank amateur can easily identify the butterfly that just "passed by." Glassberg also gives side by side comparisons of similar looking butterflies, carefully pointing out the minute differences most may miss. He provides a calendar of when the species is most likely to be seen, areas where they tend to gather and other pertinent information. The book also gives basic background information on butterflies from their life cycle stages to host plants. The book is sized just right to toss into a napsack or car's glove compartment.
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