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on May 17, 2000
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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on August 5, 2001
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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on August 20, 1999
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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on February 24, 1999
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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on August 8, 2005
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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on February 18, 2000
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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on April 5, 2013
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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on February 10, 1999
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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on December 10, 2014
Excellent butterfly ID guide. Great info on species location and good picture views of specimens. However, somewhat of a bother to go back and forth from background species pages to picture plate pages. Also, outdated on usage of digital cameras.
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on July 28, 2006
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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