Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions / Edition 1

Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions / Edition 1

by Arthur Shapiro, Timothy D. Manolis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520244699

ISBN-13: 9780520244696

Pub. Date: 06/05/2007

Publisher: University of California Press

The California Tortoiseshell, West Coast Lady, Red Admiral, and Golden Oak Hairstreak are just a few of the many butterfly species found in the floristically rich San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions. This guide, written for both beginning and experienced butterfly watchers by one of the nation’s best-known professional lepidopterists, provides

Overview

The California Tortoiseshell, West Coast Lady, Red Admiral, and Golden Oak Hairstreak are just a few of the many butterfly species found in the floristically rich San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions. This guide, written for both beginning and experienced butterfly watchers by one of the nation’s best-known professional lepidopterists, provides thorough, up-to-date information on all of the butterfly species found in this diverse and accessible region. Written in lively prose, it discusses the natural history and conservation status for these butterflies and at the same time provides an integrated view of butterfly biology based on studies conducted in northern California and around the world. Compact enough for use in the field, the guide also includes tips on butterfly watching, photography, gardening, and more.

* Discusses and identifies more than 130 species

* Species accounts include information on identifying butterflies through behavior, markings, and host plants

* Beautiful full-color plates illustrate top and bottom views of wings for easier identification

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Includes a species checklist and a glossary

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520244696
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series
Pages:
359
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
What Are Butterflies?     2
Regional Butterfly Geography     4
Where Are Our Butterflies From?     9
Butterfly Life Histories     13
Voltinism and Seasonality     21
Dormancy and Diapause     24
Natural Enemies     29
Population Dynamics and Metapopulations     35
Butterflies and Climate Change     40
Butterfly Behavior     42
Butterflies and Plants     63
Butterfly Classification     68
Species Accounts     81
How to Use This Section     82
Swallowtails and Parnassians (Papilionidae)     85
Whites, Orange-tips, and Sulphurs (Pieridae)     101
Coppers, Hairstreaks, Blues, and Metalmarks (Lycaenidae)     121
Brushfoots (Nymphalidae)     167
Skippers (Hesperiidae)     219
Things to do With Butterflies     251
Butterfly Collecting     252
Butterfly Watching     253
Butterfly Photography     254
Butterfly Gardening     256
Butterfly Rearing     269
Amateurs Can DoImportant Science!     273
A Final Word about Conservation     274
Distributional Checklist     277
Glossary     289
Resources     303
Index     309

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