Butterflies & Moths

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Identify butterflies and moths with this handy reference guide.

Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach make the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Butterflies and Moths the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to butterflies and moths of the world. Packed with more than 600 full-color photographs of over 500 species, this handy pocket guide is designed to cut through the ...
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1992 Hard cover American ed. New in new dust jacket. Never read and in great shape. (EYE032707) Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 304 p. Contains: Illustrations. DK Handbooks ... (Hardcover), 3. Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Identify butterflies and moths with this handy reference guide.

Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach make the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Butterflies and Moths the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to butterflies and moths of the world. Packed with more than 600 full-color photographs of over 500 species, this handy pocket guide is designed to cut through the complex process of identification to enable you to recognize a species instantly.
Photo-Encyclopedic Approach: Thoroughly researched and expertly written, each species entry combines a precise description with annotated photographs to highlight the chief characteristics and distinguishing features of each butterfly and moth. A distribution map, showing the geographical range of the species, as well as color-coded bands, providing at-a-glance facts for quick reference, complete every entry.
Identification Made Easy: For beginners and established enthusiasts alike, the Dorling Kindersley Handbook of Butterflies and Moths explains what a butterfly or moth is, how butterflies and moths are classified, how to observe them, and how to record species you have seen. The book provides a visual identity key that photographically lists the families you will find in each region, and guides you to the correct entries. A concise glossary explains all technical and scientific terms used in the book.

A field guide to butterflies and moths around the world, each depicted by a full-color photograph with a caption that describes key features and points of differentiation.

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With crisp illustrations and graphic presentations characteristic of Dorling Kindersley book design, these identification guides differ somewhat from other standard field guides by using a narrowing-down process that moves through several stages to identify specimens based upon such observable characteristics as shape, color, range, and so forth. Each book opens with a short section on how to collect and classify specimens. These chapters review tools, discuss collecting ``ethics,'' and describe procedures for documenting a collection. The bulk of each handbook consists of illustrated entries summarizing facts about the particular specimen. For minerals and rocks, entries list facts such as composition, group type, descriptions of how the material is formed, chemical or physical composition, and how the material's hardness or chemistry can be tested. The shell handbook identifies the organism by family and species, indicates habitat and geographic distribution, and gives typical dimension. Moths and butterflies are identified by family and species, habitat, time of day when usually in flight, and typical size. Each entry contains a full-color illustration. Butterflies and Moths occasionally offers pictures of both male and female when the species show significant differences in markings between sexes. Public libraries should find that these handsome volumes are worth adding to their collections of field identification guides. They may even want to purchase two sets: the hardcover for their reference collection and the flexibound for their circulating collection.-- Laurie Tynan, Montgomery Cty.-Norristown P.L., Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564580344
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1992
  • Series: Eyewitness Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.59 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    Helpful, Well-Organized Introductory Identification Guide

    As I write this review, there is a blizzard raging outside the bedroom. How pleasant it is to sit down and look at beautiful butterflies at such a moment! Over 170,000 varieties of butterflies and moths have been identified. The author estimates that an equal number remain to be identified in the future. How can a simple pocket book hope to cope? Mr. Carter has developed a solid concept for this helpful volume. He gives you a little bit of information about all the things that are most likely to be of interest. Then, as you become more knowledgeable, you can graduate to more extensive works and experiences. The bulk of the book is a field guide to 5 butterfly and 22 moth families that are most common throughout the world. Over 600 color photographs are contained here. In this way, you have a decent chance of identifying whatever is flying in your garden during the good weather. Each species is beautifully illustrated with the wings outspread and a map showing where the species is usually found. Some species also have illustrations of both sides of the wings, caterpillars and other distinctive views. Although moth varieties outnumber butterflies by about 9 to 1, the book wisely displays mostly butterflies. The moths chosen rival the butterflies for their wonderful designs and vibrant colorations. For those with a casual interest in the subject, the beginning will be especially valuable. Here you can find out about the differences between butterflies and moths, the details of the life cyles of these insects, how to best observe them, and tips for building a garden that will attract the largest possible population. I thought that last information was most worthwhile. At the end of the book are listed some of the many gardens you can visit that are populated by collections of living butterflies. I have found those to be remarkably good fun, and very relaxing. You have to slow down to enjoy butterflies. It's good for each of us to move at butterfly speed more often. The current edition was published in 2000, and contains corrections to the original 1992 edition so be sure to get this second edition. After you have finished enjoying this beautiful visit to nature's paintbrush and invention workshop, I suggest that you consider how else you can enjoy studying nature. For example, have you ever looked at flowers with a high-power magnifying glass? Like butterflies, they look quite different (and more wonderful) when you can see more details. Overcome your stalled thinking that you have to wait for a butterfly to cross your path before you can enjoy one! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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