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Butterflies of North America

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Kaufman Focus Guides cut through the clutter to focus on the essentials.

* More than 2,300 images of butterflies in natural, lifelike poses * Pictorial table of contents * Convenient one-page index * Full index that doubles as a life list * Similar species arranged side by side for easy comparison * Range maps on text pages showing where each species is common or rare and i
Unknown Binding, 384 pages
Published March 2nd 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published October 17th 2002)
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This is one of my favorite guides, efficiently compiling a very large, diverse group of animals in a single, baggable volume. The ordering is taxonomic (despite color-coding), which might be confusing if you're just starting out, but once you learn something about your families and superfamilies, it's very useful. Peterson-style arrows point out distinguishing features, and each butterfly is depicted with a modified photo on a white background, which combines the detail of photos with the focus ...more
Artful Abuela
Mar 16, 2016 Artful Abuela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
again... a good general guide, but several of the butterflies i wanted to id were not listed and several that were provided scarce little written information.
Sep 28, 2013 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find this to be an excellent guide for identifying butterflies. Relatively compact (considering how much information had to be included); clear illustrations and range maps; helpful "actual size" silhouettes; colour coding. It's great for amateurs who don't want to wade through technical reference works. Although I use this guide constantly for serious (amateur) identification, I have to confess my favourite thing about it is the fact that the author actually included a little hidden joke unde ...more
This might be an easy enough guide for people who know anything about butterflies. But for someone like me, who doesn't know a damn thing about 'em (and I don't mean butterflies like monarchs, I mean those hundreds of freakin' little tiny brownish grayish butterflies that all look alike...), this book ain't enough. The photographs used for some of the trickier species (i.e. skippers) have low color quality. It's hard to tell sometimes if you're looking at a black or a dark brown.

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Jun 02, 2013 Staci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Fantastic reference book to keep as part of your species identification reference material. Does not have a lot of photographs of larvae or pupae, but it does have some. The "Actual Size" silhouettes are extremely helpful.
David Ward
Butterflies of North America by Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman (Houghton Miflin Co. 2003) (595.789) features photos and descriptions of common North American butterfly species. My rating: 6.5, finished 8/19/13.
Aug 03, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it
Lovely pictures as well as instructions on how to identify the various types of butterfly and how to attract them to your yard.
Feb 21, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
Excellent guide to North American butterflies. This is the main one I use for butterfly identification.
just sarah
Aug 08, 2007 just sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: always-on-hand
easy to use, small enough for the trail, the pictures are clear & descriptions concise & accurate.
Jul 02, 2015 Beverly rated it it was amazing
It's a very useful reference book that I'll use many, many times.
Clif Smith
Oct 19, 2009 Clif Smith rated it really liked it
This is the best usable field guide for butterflies.
Dec 01, 2007 Ipso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually have the hardcover version. It's great!
Dec 28, 2007 Hootie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Entomologists
Shelves: insects
easy to use field guide.
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