Family Lycaenidae - Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Harvesters
Butterflies of the East Coast : An Observer's GuideBy Rick Cech, Guy Tudor
Princeton University Press, 2005
This is a work of art, with in depth details on all the butterflies from Maine to Florida. It's a must have for butterfly enthusiasts.
This book is the best butterfly book out there, with 8.5" x 11" pages, good size high quality photos of the butterflies dorsal and ventral, foodplant pictures and some caterpillar pics, taken by Rick. Then there's a full page text on each butterfly, telling a story about each one, then a detailed identification, habitat, hostplants, occurance, and ecology, not to mention range maps of the east coast.
Florida Butterfly Caterpillars And Their Host PlantsBy Marc C. Minno, JERRY F. BUTLER, DONALD W. HALL
University Press Florida, 2005
A useful and innovative work that combines a field guide to the caterpillars with a field guide to their host plants. Host plant pictures are in general hard to come by, especially in a single volume, since they don't fall under a general group such as Wildflowers or Trees, and many are not particularly showy. About 100 pages of this 300+ page volume are devoted to the plants, 150 pages to the caterpillars, the remainder covers natural history information about this oft-neglected (not to say despised) stage of the lepidopteran life cycle. Only a few adult butterfly pictures appear, in the general introduction, but as we know those have been widely published elsewhere.