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Florida Butterfly Caterpillars And Their Host Plants
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.

Butterflies of Florida Field Guide (Our Nature Field Guides)
By Jaret C. Daniels
Adventure Publications, 2003
One of a growing series of state-by-state butterfly guides by Dr. Daniels, who is currently based at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity in Gainesville, FL (UF). Pocket-sized for easy field use, this handy guide includes larval images for most of the 102 pictured species. The guide is organized by color, which is useful for the novice but may be a little frustrating for the more experienced, as closely related species appear widely spaced in the guide.

Butterflies of North Dakota: An Atlas and Guide (Science Monograph (Minot State University).)
By Ron Royer
Minot State University, 2003
Wild photos by yours truly.

You can order directly from the Minot State University book store. Here's a link for info and an order form:

Butterflies Of Ohio Field Guide
By Jaret C. Daniels
Adventure Publications, 2004
Similar books by the same author have been published for different states. My thoughts are generally the same as Troy's in his review of the Georgia version.

This is a very handy and easily used reference guide, and contains a wealth of information for it's small size.

Quantum Publishing Ltd., 2004
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.

Butterflies Of Georgia Field Guide
By Jaret C. Daniels
Adventure Publications, 2004
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.

A Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides)
By Paul A. Opler, Vichai Malikul, Roger Tory Peterson
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992

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