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Species Papilio rutulus - Western Tiger Swallowtail - Hodges#4177

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Butterflies of the North Olympic Peninsula
By Kristi Murray Knowles
This is a useful pocket guide to the Butterflies of this region, with pen-and-ink drawings, from egg to larva, to chrysalis, to adult butterfly.
With a foreword by Robert Michael Pyle.

Butterflies of the Rocky Mountain States
By Clifford D. Ferris and F. Martin Brown (eds)
University of Oklahoma Press, 1981
Since this book is probably out of print, and the amazon link below doesn't work, see here: Ferris & Brown .

The Butterflies of Southern California
By Thomas C. Emmel and John F. Emmel
Natural History Museum of Southern California, 1973

An Introduction to Southern California Butterflies
By Fred Heath
This book covers 89 species of Southern California. Excellent photos (by Herbert Clarke) with ID guidelines, help in field identification. The author has also included helpful information about preferred habitat, food plants, seasonality, and types of overwintering forms.

Butterflies and their Favorite Flowering Plants - Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Environs
By Lynn & Gene Monroe
A useful field guide to Butterflies of the Anza Borrego Desert in Southern California. The book is well illustrated with photos of 134 species and subspecies, larval food plants, nectar plants, as well as photos of some immature stages.

A Field Guide to Western Butterflies 2nd Edition
By Paul A. Opler, illustrated by Amy Bartlett Wright
Houghton Mifflin, 1999

Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley
By Roland H. Wauer
Johnson Books, 2004
This book does not have the best quality photos, but is very useful for its natural history information, especially for the large number of Mexican species which occur in the US only as very rare strays and so do not get covered in the butterfly field guides with broader geographic coverage like Kaufman, Glassberg, etc.

The Butterflies of Cascadia: A Field Guide to All the Species of Washington, Oregon, and Surrounding Territories
By Robert Michael Pyle, Idie Ulsh, David Nunnallee
Seattle Audubon Society, 2002
A very useful field guide and reference to, as the subtitle states, all the species of Washington, Oregon, and surrounding Territories.

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