A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America: Second Edition

A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America: Second Edition

by Jeffrey Glassberg

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Overview

A thoroughly revised edition of the most comprehensive and authoritative photographic field guide to North American butterflies

This is a revised second edition of the most detailed, comprehensive, and user-friendly photographic field guide to the butterflies of North America. Written by Jeffrey Glassberg, the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies, the guide covers all known species, beautifully illustrating them with 3,500 large, gorgeous color photographs—the very best images available. This second edition includes more than 500 new photos and updated text, maps, and species names. For most species, there are photographs of topsides and undersides, males and females, and variants. All text is embedded in the photographs, allowing swift access in the field, and arrows point to field marks, showing you exactly what to look for. Detailed, same-page range maps include information about the number of broods in each area and where strays have been recorded. Color text boxes highlight information about habitat, caterpillar food plants, abundance and flight period, and other interesting facts. Also included are a quick visual index and a caterpillar food plant index. The result is an ideal field guide that will enable you to identify almost every butterfly you see.

  • A revised second edition of the most comprehensive photographic field guide to North American butterflies, featuring more than 500 new photos and updated text, maps, and species names
  • Written by the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies
  • Beautifully illustrated with 3,500 color photographs that show all known species, including views of topsides and undersides, males and females, and variants for most species
  • Authoritative text embedded in the photographs for swift access
  • Detailed range maps
  • Color text boxes that highlight information about habitat, food plants, abundance and flight period, and other interesting facts
  • An invaluable tool for field identification

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691176505
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Edition description: Second
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 208,354
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Glassberg is a leading butterfly authority and author. He is president of the North American Butterfly Association, editor of American Butterflies magazine, and the author of many books, including the Butterflies through Binoculars series. He is adjunct professor of evolutionary biology at Rice University and lives in Morristown, New Jersey.

Table of Contents


Introduction 7

About This Book 7

Butterfly Identification 7

Butterfly Biology 8

Names 9

Interacting with Butterflies 9

“Releasing” Butterflies 10

Conservation 11

North American Butterfly Association 11

Wing Areas and Body Parts 12

About the Species Accounts 13

Abbreviations, Symbols and Glossary 14

About the Maps 15

Swallowtails Papilionidae 16

Parnassians Parnassiinae 16

True Swallowtails Papilioninae 18

Whites and Yellows Pieridae 36

Whites Pierinae 36

Marbles and Orangetips 46

Yellows Coliadinae 52

Sulphurs 52

Yellows 68

Gossamerwings Lycaenidae 74

Coppers Lycaeninae 74

Harvester Miletinae 83

Hairstreaks Theclinae 84

Blues Polyommatinae 122

Metalmarks Riodinidae 146

Brushfoots Nymphalidae 158

Heliconians and Fritillaries Heliconiinae 158

Heliconians 158

Greater Fritillaries 162

Lesser Fritillaries 182

True Brushfoots Nymphalinae 190

Patches, Checkerspots and Crescents 190

Anglewings, Ladies and Relatives 220

Admirals and Relatives Limenitidinae et al. 232

Leafwings Charaxinae 246

Emperors Apaturinae 250

Snouts Libytheinae 253

Satyrs Satyrinae 254

Ticlears, Clearwings Ithomiinae 277

Mimic-Queen and Monarchs Danainae 277

Skippers Hesperiidae 280

Firetips Pyrrhopyginae 280

Spreadwing Skippers Pyrginae 280

Skipperlings Heteropterinae 332

Grass-Skippers Hesperiinae 334

Giant-Skippers Megathyminae 394

Hawaii 400

Conclusion

Photo Credits 402

Selected Bibliography 403

Selected Websites 403

Caterpillar Foodplant Index 404

Butterfly Species Index 408

Visual Index 418

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