The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterfliesby NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
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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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.