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Butterflies Of North America
by Paul Opler
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From Publishers Weekly
From its durable, flexible cover to its color-coordinated index, this field guide will serve as an excellent identification resource for experienced and novice lepidopterists. Kaufman (Kingbird Highway) provides butterfly watchers with more than 2,200 digitally edited photographs and an easy-to-use species index-a format that defines the Kaufman Focus Guides. The photographs have been gleaned from scores of skilled nature photographers. Co-author Brock (Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona) brings more than 30 years of butterfly watching around the world to the informative, non-technical writing in the book. The readable capsule narratives are enhanced by the startling clear color images, which make identification of species much easier. The guide offers images of larval (caterpillar) stage butterflies along with details on feeding preferences of butterflies in their different stages of development. It also gives migratory information on these delicate and beautiful creatures. The book ranges geographically from the lower 48 states through Canada and Alaska, with maps provided for all butterflies depicted. These maps also indicate both common and rare species, along with seasonally occurring butterflies. This book will appeal to bird watchers, hikers, gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Based on Kaufman's successful Birds of North America, this guide contains 2300 images.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The beautiful, day-flying butterflies are a group of insects with which everyone is familiar, and the relatively new sport of butterfly watching is gaining adherents. This new field guide has been produced to illustrate all of the species in the North American continent. Each species is listed by common name and scientific name and receives a several-sentence description, including flight time and larval food plants. All except very local or accidental species also are shown on range maps. The illustrations are opposite the written description, with most species pictured in multiple images. As in Kaufman's Birds of North America, the illustrations are created by digital enhancement of photographs, which allows the sizes of the individual butterflies and the lighting characteristics of the photos to be evened out on an individual plate, making the illustrations directly comparable. An index of larval food plants is a nice addition, and the main index of common names also acts as a checklist for species seen. An essential purchase for all libraries. Nancy Bent
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A terrific book for anyone interested in butterflies.
The most user-friendly butterfly guide ever published, still handy and compact, now updated with the very latest information.
About the Author
Kenn Kaufman is a legend among birders. At sixteen he hitchhiked back and forth across North America, traveling eighty thousand miles in a year, simply to see as many birds as he could' he came back to tell the story in KINGBIRD HIGHWAY. A field editor for AUDUBON and a regular contributor to every major birding magazine, he is the youngest person ever to receive the Ludlow Griscom Award, the highest honor of the American Birding Association. His natural history pursuits have taken him to all seven continents, but he has made a special study of North American birds. His books include LIVES OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS, the PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO ADVANCED BIRDING, and the FOCUS GUIDE TO BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA. He resides in Tucson, Arizona. Jim P. Brock has been an active lepidopterist for more than thirty years. He now resides in Tucson.
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