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Family Nepticulidae

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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Butterfly World
By Paul Smart
Salamander Books, 1975
Large color plates of specimens, arranged taxonomically. (Taxonomy is probably not up-to-date, however.) Perhaps useful for looking at tropical fauna where no systematic guides are available.

Australian Tropical Butterflies
By Peter Valentine, Clifford Frith (photos), Dawn Frith (photos)
Frith & Frith Books, 1991
Covers more notable butterflies of tropical Australia. Has excellent photos, thumbnail range maps, and life history information.

A Field Guide To Australian Butterflies
By Robert Fisher
Surrey Beatty, 1999
A decent guide, the only field guide I could find to Australian butterflies when I visited in 1999. (It is hard to find in the US.) Good photographic illustrartions of 200 of the total 385 species found in Australia.

The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History, Vol. I: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae
By Philip J. Devries
Princeton Univ Press, 1987
Very complete guide for these families with lots of life history information. Good color photos of specimens. A little difficult to use as a field guide, which is was not designed to be, but the only thing available for the vast fauna of Costa Rica.

The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History, Vol. II: Riodinidae
By Philip J. DeVries
Princeton University Press, 1997
Covers metalmarks.

Simon and Schuster's Guide to Butterflies and Moths
By Mauro Daccordi, Adriano Zanetti (Photographer), Adnano Zanetti
Simon & Schuster, 1988
Out of print. Has many photographs arranged by zoogeographic region--this is its strength. Organization is odd, alphabetical by genus name within a region. This puts moths next to butterflies, etc. Many accpted English common names missing, even for widespread European and North American species. On the plus side, photographs are excellent and there is life history information. The (1) Eyewitness Handbook, Butterflies and Moths is a similar work and superior. This work might be useful as a supplement to field guides. (I did find a photo of a widespread neotropical hairstreak,

The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
By Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins
Cornell University Press, 1996
Expensive, but extensive treatment of this and allied families. Color photos of many caterpillars, and all adults (as specimens). has range maps and life history information for all species covered. Has photos of eggs and drawings of cocoons for some species.

A World for Butterflies: Their Lives, Habitats and Future
By Phillip J. Schappert
Firefly Books, 2000
A coffee-table book with a brain: excellent photos and good discussion of scientific topics. There is a lovely description of the Pipevine Swallowtail mimicry complex in North America, with photographs of most species involved. Has an extensive bibliography, including books and journal articles.

Has an accompanying website, which has not been updated recently, but is still available.

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