I usually see copies of this book in the bargain section of chain bookstores. It appears to be an inexpensively published book, but it does provide info for a variety of butterflies from around the world. Many of the photos/illustrations are not very great, though only costing a few dollars, it does seem to be an ok value. Over 300 pages.
A nifty little guide book that I discovered in the bookstore tonight. I've taken to dissecting guide books recently as I contemplate various ways that I might someday do one myself. This one has lots to like.
Common Butterflies and Skippers of Eastern North America
By Dick Walton and Greg Dodge Brownbag Productions, 2004
Another spiffy insect DVD from Brownbag Productions, similar in format to their odonate DVD. Lovely video of 70 species of butterflies (including many common skippers) with narration describing field marks and habitat. Very thorough discussions of those species covered, showing subtle field marks and discussing color variations in some cases. I found the coverage of skippers, my nemesis, to be particularly helpful. Has a good description of Monarch migration. "Topography and glossary" in the "Resources and References" section is very handy. I like the annotated photos showing details of butterfly anatomy.
Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Focus Guides)
By Jim P. Brock, Kenn Kaufman Houghton Mifflin Co, 2003
Has computer-enhanced photographic illustrations on plain backgrounds. More species are illustrated per page than in Glassberg's Butterflies Through Binoculars series. This can make it somewhat easier to use than Glassberg's books. Illustrates all North American species, and is in a compact field guide format. The serious butterflier will want to have this in addition to Glassberg's works.
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