2007, 528 pages, color photos throughout. This colorful guide features 500 species, subspecies and forms of butterflies from all continents and from a wide array of climatic regions. Large, vibrant color images of butterflies, frequently in their natural habitat, complement the authoritative text and observations of Lepidoptera in nature. Adult butterflies, and some of their caterpillars, are illustrated.
The book describes butterfly natural history, distribution, behavior, taxonomy, habitat, form, food and feeding, reproduction and survival. It examines the mysterious decline of some species and the prospects for their survival. The concise, well-organized text contains extensive cross-referencing, and an index organized by genus makes it easy to locate entries. A sidebar for each entry includes scientific name, family, wingspan, flight period, larval food plants, and range.
This is an ideal introduction to butterflies in all their diversity for the non-expert and a highly useful resource for butterfly enthusiasts and naturalists. Available in hardcover (original 2007 edition) or paperback (2016 reprint edition); 6-1/4 x 6-1/2″.
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