BUTTERFLIES OF ALABAMA
Glimpses into Their Lives
by Paulette Haywood Ogard (text) & Sara Bright (photographer)
2010, 486 pages, color photos throughout. Here is a full-color, richly illustrated guide to the 84 known species of true butterflies (Papilionoidea) found within the states borders. For more than 14 years, the authors have made a close study of these winged stars of the insect world, pursuing them in a great variety of habitats, rearing them, and photographing their remarkable life cycle stagesegg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalid or cocoon), and adult.
Each species account is accompanied by color photographs of live subjects in their natural habitats. Close-ups reveal fascinating details of camouflage, mimicry, coloration, and warning devices. The engaging text explains the highly evolved relationships between butterflies and the plants upon which they depend as well as the specialized adaptations that enable their survival within specific environmental niches. Included are range maps, flight times, caterpillar host plants, adult nectar sources, and identification tips for butterfly watchers. In addition, pertinent conservation issues are addressed and appendices provide an annotated checklist of the states butterflies, a list of accidentals and strays, and recommended further reading.
The book’s features include non-technical language, simple format, and beautiful images. Hardcover; 6-1/2 x 9″.
From a Review – “The authors have done an exceptional job in putting together…a very successful guide to the identification, ecology, and behavior of Alabama butterflies.” – Gary R. Mullen, Professor of Entomology, Auburn University
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