The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies

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Butterflies are among the natural world's most colorful and intriguing creatures, so what could be more useful than a handy field guide with more than 1,000 photographs of all the butterflies of North America north of Mexico, including all true butterflies, the most common skippers, and many migrants and strays. The color plates are visually arranged by shape and color, and thumb-tab silhouettes provide a convenient index to identification of butterflies in the field. The species account for each butterfly ...
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Overview

Butterflies are among the natural world's most colorful and intriguing creatures, so what could be more useful than a handy field guide with more than 1,000 photographs of all the butterflies of North America north of Mexico, including all true butterflies, the most common skippers, and many migrants and strays. The color plates are visually arranged by shape and color, and thumb-tab silhouettes provide a convenient index to identification of butterflies in the field. The species account for each butterfly provides measurements, descriptions of each stage of the life cycle, and information on coloring or distinguishing markings, flight period, habitat, and range.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394519142
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1981
  • Series: Audubon Society Field Guide Series
  • Format: Leather Bound
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 155,661
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
How to Use This Guide 31
Part I Color Plates
Key to the Color Plates 35
Thumb Tab Guide 36
Color Plates 45
Eggs, Caterpillars, and Chrysalises 1
White Butterflies 52
Sulphurs 85
Folded-winged Skippers 133
Spread-winged Skippers 241
Swallowtails 316
Angled-winged Butterflies 361
Hairstreaks and Elfins 382
Blue Butterflies 463
Copper Butterflies 511
Metalmarks 541
Checkered Butterflies 556
Fritillaries and Orange Patterned Butterflies 592
Boldly Patterned Butterflies 643
Eyespot Patterned Butterflies 688
Part II Text
Swallowtails and Parnassians 321
Whites and Sulphurs 350
Gossamer Wings 400
Metalmarks 518
Snout Butterflies 534
Brush-footed Butterflies 537
Satyrs or Browns 662
Milkweed Butterflies 711
True Skippers 716
Giant Skippers 846
Part III Appendices
Glossary 857
Butterfly-Watching Tips 865
How to Photograph Butterflies 869
Picture Credits 873
Host Plant Index 881
Butterfly Index 901
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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Nature enthusiast gift

    I ordered this book for a gift to a family member who is a bird watcher enthusiast. She has wonderful gardens for birds and butterflies. While I am not an enthusiast of her league, I do enjoy watching nature. I just don't feel the need to know every name of every species as she does. Despite my lack of "knowledge", I was impressed with the sheer volume of information in this book. If you like going on hikes, it is a size easily carried. If you have the garden, as my family member does, and you love to watch it out your window.Well I recommend this for you too, if for no other reason than the clarity of the pictures for each species (they were absolutely beautiful). Thinking of giving it as a gift? Well, you simply cannot go wrong where a nature enthusiast is concerned.

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