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The Monarch Butterfly: International Traveler Paperback – February, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0940473379 ISBN-10: 0940473372

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: William Caxton Ltd (February 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940473372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940473379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,506,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fall migration of the monarch butterfly is a remarkable wonder of nature. Urquhart, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, has spent a lifetime observing and collecting data on this species. Because many of the monarch's activities depend on milkweed, Urquhart begins with a discussion of that plant's distribution; he follows with detailed information on the monarch's biology. Most fascinating is his description of an ingenious method of butterfly tagging that led to new discoveries about migration and overwintering sites. Specialists, students, and amateur naturalists will be well served by this complete, authoritative, fully illustrated text. Laurie Bartolini, Lincoln Lib., Springfield, Ill.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "msdalton" on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Anyone wishing to study the migration of the monarch butterfly would do well to start with this volume. Urquhart's work, though dated, is a classic of scientific research and led to the discovery of the Mexican wintering grounds in 1978. The life cycle and metamorphosis of the butterflies is covered in detail, as are methods of raising monarchs, at home or in the classroom. Later researchers have built on his work but not superseded it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By benredbone on September 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Fred Urquhart's work with the Monarch Butterfly is a classic study which has led to to the vast intrest by many people, including numbers of classrooms of young children who delight in the rearing of this fantastic insect and Monarch Watch's (Univ. of Kansas) tagging of the Monarch. This is not a book replete with color photos and simplist descriptions that would be enjoyed by the novice enthusiast, however, for one who is interested in learning more this book is a must have. (Dr. Urquahart's origin book on the Monarch was published approximately 40 years ago and is a bona fida collector's item.)
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I chose this book to do some research on this beautiful butterfly. It provided me with insight into the butterfly's life from the egg stage into maturity. Dr. Urquhart used prose that is easily understood by laymen and interesting to read. Every facet of research that he conducted is backed up by an explanation of how and when and under which circumstances he did it. I appreciate the way he organized the book and his description of the experiences. The man devoted his life to find answers to questions about the butterfly and he found it through trial and error. For my purpose the book is excellent and gave me a whole new appreciation of the incredible journey this flying creature undertakes each year. Thank you, Dr. Urquhart.
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