Introduction to Southern California Butterflies

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Butterflies remind us of a world filled with sunshine and flowers. More than 250 glorious color photographs fill this guide to these beautiful bugs, enabling the reader to identify 89 species of Southern California butterflies, along with their favorite habitats and food plants. The book includes information on butterfly classification, life cycle and behavior, butterfly watching, creating a garden to attract butterflies, and protecting habitat and endangered species. There is also a species checklist for ...
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Overview

Butterflies remind us of a world filled with sunshine and flowers. More than 250 glorious color photographs fill this guide to these beautiful bugs, enabling the reader to identify 89 species of Southern California butterflies, along with their favorite habitats and food plants. The book includes information on butterfly classification, life cycle and behavior, butterfly watching, creating a garden to attract butterflies, and protecting habitat and endangered species. There is also a species checklist for recording butterfly sightings. Everyone from the novice to the seasoned butterfly enthusiast will find this book useful and enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878424757
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,180,727
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Map of Southern California viii
Introduction 1
The Purpose of This Book 1
What Is a Butterfly? 1
Classification 1
Butteflies versus Moths 2
Butterfly Families 4
Parts of a Butterfly 5
The Name Butterfly 7
Life Cycle 7
Egg 7
Caterpillar (Larva) 8
Pupa (Chrysalis) 9
Adult 9
Overwintering 10
Broods 10
Behavior 11
Mating 11
Basking 13
Nectaring 13
Puddling 13
Population Fluctuations 14
Emigration/Migration 14
Color and Scales 15
Predation 17
Scientific versus Common Names 23
Watching Butterflies 24
How to Watch Them 25
Where to Find Them 25
When: Through the Seasons 33
Identification 35
Organizations and Counts 40
Gardening 42
Conservation 43
Habitat Preservation 43
Endangered and Rare Species 45
A Note from the Photographer 47
Species Accounts 49
Swallowtails: Family Papilionidae 55
Whites and Sulphurs: Family Pieridae 67
Gossamer-Wing Butterflies: Family Lycaenidae 86
Metalmarks: Family Riodiniadae 155
Brushfooted Butterflies: Family Nymphalidae 163
Skippers: Family Hesperiidae 220
Southern California Butterfly Checklist 255
Suggested Resources 261
Butterfly Index 271
Food Plant Index 275
About the Author 279
About the Photographer 279
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