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Butterflies of the Southwest (Natural History Series) Paperback – January 14, 2008
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Jim P. Brock is co-author of Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona, Butterflies of North America, and Caterpillars in the Field and Garden. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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This is another addition to the Wild West nature series. This book is an introduction to 141 (just under half) of the 300+ plus butterflies found in the southwest US. This photo guide gives a sampling of the species for the person with a casual or beginning interest in butterflies.
One relatively small photograph shows each butterfly, with about a dozen specimens shown with two photos. All the photos are good quality with sharp focus and vivid colors; however, there are a couple of quirks. Some butterflies (e.g., White-barred Skipper) blend into their dark backgrounds making them slightly difficult to see. The large Monarch is illustrated to be smaller on the page than the normally diminutive skippers.
One paragraph discusses each butterfly. The primary focus is on general life history aspects such as habitat preference, interesting behaviors, or seasonal presence. Only the briefest of descriptions are given to some of the species. No range maps are supplied.
This book is definitely not an identification guide and, to be fair, it does not claim to be one. This book is designed to appeal to those people looking for a more general overview or who may want to see a less overwhelming number of butterflies as they begin to learn them.
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1) Butterflies of Arizona: A Photographic Guide by Stewart/Brodkin
2) Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona by Bailowitz/Brock
3) Butterflies Of The Lower Rio Grande Valley by Wauer
4) Butterflies through Binoculars: The West by Glassberg
5) Butterflies: Northeastern Mexico by Garwood/Lehman
6) Field Guide To Western Butterflies Peterson by Tilden/Smith
7) California Butterflies (California Natural History Guides) by Garth
8) Butterflies of Baja California by Brown et al.
9) Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides) by Brock/Kaufman
10) The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide by Scott