Fandex Family Field Guides Butterflies

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Butterflies

The Great Egg-fly, which flies over 1,400 miles over water from Australia to New Zealand. The prism-winged Blue Morphos, believed by some Amazon tribes to be bits of fallen sky. The African Giant Swallowtail, with a 12-inch wingspan, and the fingernail sized Pygmy Blue. Bringing the fascinating world of butterflies to your fingertips, FANDEX presents a field guide to 50 of these vibrant and graceful creatures. Each entry features a die-cut, full-color image that ...

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Overview

Butterflies

The Great Egg-fly, which flies over 1,400 miles over water from Australia to New Zealand. The prism-winged Blue Morphos, believed by some Amazon tribes to be bits of fallen sky. The African Giant Swallowtail, with a 12-inch wingspan, and the fingernail sized Pygmy Blue. Bringing the fascinating world of butterflies to your fingertips, FANDEX presents a field guide to 50 of these vibrant and graceful creatures. Each entry features a die-cut, full-color image that makes identification simple and conclusive, plus additional photographs of the insects, often as caterpillars and pupae. Lively text covers life cycle, diet, habitat, gender variations, and the secrets of butterfly survival: camouflage, poison, and mimicry.

  • 50 DIE-CUT CARDS
  • FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
  • KNOWLEDGE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
  • FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Butterflies have been considered sacred, poetic, and whimsical. In Aztec folklore, butterflies were even considered to be reincarnated warriors. The fan format popularized in the "Fandex Family Field Guides" is a perfect way to display this amazingly colorful variety of butterflies. The text is written on a fairly high level and includes "field notes," such as the first person who described a particular species, the family name, size, habitat, and wingspan. There is nearly always a fascinating bit of butterfly biology or trivia as well as caterpillar photographs to accompany each full-grown butterfly. For example, readers learn that the American and British governments are trying to find a way of embedding the unique color mechanism of the banded peacock butterfly into credit cards and currency. Butterfly defense mechanisms are as clever as their wings are brilliant. The owl butterfly has such large eye-like spots that potential predators "wonder whether they can eat this creature or should instead fear being eaten by it." Foreign butterflies are mixed in with American species, which could make it frustrating for youngsters trying to find these butterflies. Nevertheless, it is a perfect "book" for browsing, butterfly identification, and short student research. The slim fan style sits easily on a kitchen or classroom shelf or in a backpack, providing easy reference and pleasurable reading. 2002, Workman Publishing, Ages 6 up.
—Karen Leggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761125778
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/12/2002
  • Series: Fandex Family Field Guides Ser.
  • Pages: 50
  • Sales rank: 606,054
  • Age range: 9 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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