Handbook for Butterfly Watchers
This essential handbook covers where to find butterflies; how to observe and photograph them; their behavior, biology, ecology, and life histories; butterfly gardening; butterfly rearing; identification; and conservation.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 26th 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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A good introduction to butterflies and butterfly watching. Pyle's writing is enjoyable and informative, neither too dense nor too chatty. The book introduces butterflies' life history and the various types of butterflies, discusses the merits of catch-and-release or collecting vs. simply watching, lists equipment for butterflying watching (not very much!) and photography, and suggests ways to conserve butterfly populations and attract them with a garden. Finally, Pyle suggests some places to loo...more
Robert Michael Pyle is a lepidopterist and a professional writer who has published twelve books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. He has a Ph.D. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He founded the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in 1974. His acclaimed 1987 book Wintergreen describing the devastation caused by unrestrained logging i...moreMore about Robert Michael Pyle...