Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest

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Authoritative, easy to use, and downright beautiful, Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest is a field guide to 118 of the most commonly encountered butterflies in Washington, Oregon, and parts of California, Nevada, Idaho, and Canada. With clear, precise text and abundant color photographs, author William Neill discusses the field marks that distinguish each species and provides a wealth of information about butterfly biology, habitat, and behavior. Find out where and when to observe butterflies, and how to ...
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Overview

Authoritative, easy to use, and downright beautiful, Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest is a field guide to 118 of the most commonly encountered butterflies in Washington, Oregon, and parts of California, Nevada, Idaho, and Canada. With clear, precise text and abundant color photographs, author William Neill discusses the field marks that distinguish each species and provides a wealth of information about butterfly biology, habitat, and behavior. Find out where and when to observe butterflies, and how to identify both male and female adults as well as caterpillars, pupae, and eggs. Discover which plants attract these graceful creatures, and learn how to create your own butterfly garden at home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878425372
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 786,770
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Author's Note     v
Species List     vii
How to Use This Book     xiii
About the Photographs     xv
Introduction     1
About Butterflies in General     1
What Is a Butterfly?     1
Species and Variation     1
A Butterfly's Body and How It Functions     3
What Butterflies Eat     6
Reproduction     7
Life Cycle     11
Survival Strategies     15
Butterflies and Plants     20
Color: How and Why     22
Observing Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest     24
Finding and Watching Butterflies     24
Geography and Habitats     28
Observing Butterflies at Home     37
A Butterfly Garden with Caterpillars     37
Rearing Butterflies     38
Ethics of Capturing Butterflies     39
Conservation     40
Species Accounts     42
Swallowtails     43
Parnassians     50
Whites     52
Sulphurs     63
Coppers     69
Hairstreaks and Elfins     79
Blues     97
Metalmarks     110
Fritillaries     111
Checkerspots     123
Crescents     129
Anglewings and Their Relatives     133
Aristocrats     140
Browns     154
Skippers     164
Telling Males from Females     175
Glossary     177
Sources of More Information     181
Index     183
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