Butterflies & Moths

Butterflies & Moths

by David A. Carter
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564580627
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/1992
Series:
Eyewitness Handbooks Series
Edition description:
FLEXI
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.47(w) x 5.93(h) x 0.74(d)

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