Some selected reading.

Field Guides for North America

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies by Robert Michael Pyle

Butterflies are among the natural world's most colourful 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 moths.

 A Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guide Series) by Lisa White(Editor), et al

This all-new edition includes more than 590 species, illustrated in lifelike positions on beautiful new colour plates. With descriptions of all the butterflies that occur west of the 100th meridian in the United States and Canada, this guide has accurate information on ranges, habitats, flight times etc..

A Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) by Paul A. Opler, Roger Tory Peterson

Replacing Alexander Klot's 1951 classic, A field guide to the butterflies, this new guide describes 524 species--all those known to occur in North America east of the 100th meridian--including all the most important information for each butterfly. The descriptions are enhanced by colour paintings and photographs.

Butterflies Through Binoculars : The East by Jeffrey Glassberg

This unique field guide to the butterflies of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada provides readers with a complete overview of more than 300 species of butterflies native to North America. Also includes tips on butterfly photography. 900 halftones. 23 linecuts. 12 phenograms.

Butterflies Through Binoculars : A Field Guide to Butterflies in the Boston New York Washington Region by Jeffrey Glassberg

In this unique field guide, Glassberg has made butterfly watching a less frustrating and far more rewarding pastime, showing readers how to find, identify, and enjoy the nearly 160 species that inhabit the Northeast. The first guide to combine photographs of living butterflies with the traditional specimens.

Butterflies Through Binoculars : A Field and Finding Guide to Florida Butterflies by Jeffrey Glassberg, et al

The Butterflies of North America : A Natural History and Field Guide by James A. Scott

An illustrated field guide to North American butterfly species also acts as a complete natural history, fully describing the biological and ecological world of butterflies for collectors and advanced naturalists alike.

Field Guides for Other Areas

Collins Field Guide to The Butterflies of Britain and Europe Tom Tolman

A comprehensive and well illustrated guide to all the European Butterfly species.

The Millennium Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland Jim Asher

Very up-to-date and accurate distribution information. Superbly produced, packed with useful information.

Butterflies of Cyprus 1998 by Eddie John

Available from the Amateur Entomologists Society, PO Box 8774, London SW7 5ZG. The (UK) price is GBP3.60 post free, but the A. E. S. advises: "Outside UK please add 10% to order value for postage by surface mail. For postage by air mail outside Europe please add 30% to order value."

The Butterflies of Ireland : A Field Guide by Norman E., Dr. Hickin, et al

The Butterflies of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia by John Tennent

The first work on the Butterflies of this region for a considerable time!

Guide to the Butterflies of the Palearctic Region series editor G.C.Bozano

An A4 sized guide to the butterflies of the whole palearctic region, published in parts containing about 100 species each. Distributional information as well as identification details.

The Butterflies of Canada by Ross A. Layberry, et al

The most perfect book about butterflies in a specific region ever made! It contains the latest information about all butterflies in Canada and it is well illustrated with 32 great colour plates covering all species. This is the only book you need about butterflies in Canada.

The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History by Philip J. Devries, et al

A comprehensive guide to Costa Rica Butterflies.

Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa by E. L. L. Pringle(Editor), et al

This book is regarded as the ultimate reference guide on Southern African butterflies, and not without reason. It contains an excess of 800 plates, covering virtually every species and subspecies of the region. Every family, genus and species are discussed in detail

The Butterflies of Papua New Guinea : Their Systematics and Biology by Michael Parsons

"The world of butterfly books includes many that are large, lavishly illustrated, richer in form than substance. However, this one is excellent. In addition to being an attractive book for butterfly enthusiasts, it will be a valuable resource on butterfly systematics and on the ecology"

The Butterflies of Hong Kong by Gweneth Johnston, et al

The book provides a detailed ecological and biogeographic discussion of Hong Kong and the surrounding area of southern China; description of the butterfly fauna and habitats; and a superbly illustrated and detailed biology of butterflies.

The Butterflies of Australia by Common & Waterhouse

A detailed guide to the Butterflies of the region.



Butterfly Gardening

Butterfly Gardening : Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden by Xerces Society

This new edition of the classic handbook describes how to attract butterflies and other beneficial and beautiful insects to you garden.

Garden Butterflies of North America : A Gallery of Garden Butterflies & How to Attract Them by Rick Mikula, Claudia Mikula

Mikula, author of Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Butterfly Garden, offers readers a study of 40 North American butterflies, including swallowtails, brushfoots, whites, sulphurs, skippers, heliconians, blues, hairstreaks, and crescents. Mikula gives details on habitat, diet, size, colour.

Creating a Butterfly Garden : A Guide to Attracting and Identifying Butterfly Visitors by Marcus H. Schneck

Practical and beautiful, this book shows how to attract butterflies to a back yard garden--and turn it into a fluttering paradise. Marcus Schneck explains the life cycles, migration patterns, and mating behavior of these creatures, and offers invaluable information on everything from pesticide-free.

The Butterfly Garden: Turning Your Garden, Window Box, or Backyard into a Beautiful Home for Butterflies by Mathew Tekulsky, Robert M. Pyle (Designer)

The Butterfly Garden is a complete manual on how to attract this elusive creature to your garden or backyard by planting common plants and flowers that butterflies use for nectar, food, and pollination. Includes butterflies and plants specific to each region.



Butterflies of the World by Valerio Sbordoni, Saverio Forestiero

Libraries that do not already own this lovely, accessible, and informative description of butterflies (and some moths) and their evolution, anatomy, physiology, and ecology will want to seriously consider this edition. Translated from the Italian.

Nabokov's Butterflies : Unpublished and Uncollected Writings by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Nabokov's achievements as a lepidopterist are finally being accorded the respect they deserve. Nabokov's Blues assessed his contributions to science, and now this literary cornucopia illuminates further his lifelong love affair with butterflies and the fruits of his many years in the field.


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