- Paperback: 664 pages
- Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (March 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0804720134
- ISBN-13: 978-0804720137
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide 1st Edition
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Combining the species descriptions of a field guide with the essays of a monograph, this is an excellent one- volume lepidoptery encyclopedia replete with color plates, diagrams, and charts. Part 1 surveys the physical structure of butterflies, their behavior, and population dynamics. Part 2 presents keys to identifying larvae, pupae, and adults. Users are directed through the keys in flowchart fashion, matching the physical features of their unknown specimens with those described. The 679 species descriptions in Part 3 are keyed to the book's 64 color plates, which group adult butterflies not by genus but by common physical characteristics. Each species entry shows a range map, gives scientific and common names, describes the species and its subspecies, and offers information on habitat, life cycle, and behavior. The book is exhaustive in scope and moderately technical in language. Rank amateurs will be better served by basic field guides, but serious amateur lepidopterists and specialists will find this an essential, all-inclusive reference. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Laurie Tynan, Huntingdon Cty. Lib., Pa.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'It is hard to believe that this important new reference is the work of onlyone author. It is more than a guide; for those becoming interested in butterflies it will become a lifetime companion.' American Reference Books Annual
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There are better books for use as a field guide. This book is too big (8x10) to carry in a pocket or binoculars case. I would be afraid of damaging this large, relatively expensive book. The sheer number of photographs makes a quick tentative identification harder.
This is a book that any butterfly enthusiast should add to his library. However, he should start his library with one of the smaller guides, such as Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East, the Golden Guide, or one of the regional guides.
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