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Butterflies Of Georgia Field Guide
By Jaret C. Daniels
Adventure Publications, 2004
ISBN: 1-59193-057-X
Cite: 6795 with citation markup [cite:6795]
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.
  • I'm most impressed with the inclusion of caterpillar images for most species
  • A list of both nectar sources and larval host plants
  • A life-size silhouette as a watermark to the text gives you a sense of actual size
  • Detailed range maps showing not just where it resides but where it strays
  • Not just large color photos, but black and white illustrations with diagnostic features detailed
A few gripes though.
  • I wish the caterpillar images were bigger
  • The index, while thoughtfully arranged as a checklist, doesn't have latin names
  • I really wish the host plant list was a cross reference back to species
While definitely a regional book, many of the species will occur generally in the southeast, and I'd say it's worth the price for the caterpillar images alone (hard to find those).

There are others in this series for other regions
Florida, Ohio and the Carolinas are already available, and others in the works (Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan). I'm also a big fan of Your Florida Guide to Butterfly Gardening by the same author - similar strong features including larval, host and nectar plant pictures.

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