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Butterflies of the Southwest (Natural History Series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Butterflies of the Southwest (Natural History Series) by Jim P. Brock...

Meet the "flying flowers" of the Southwest borderlands.

Butterfly expert Jim P. Brock introduces more than 150 species of butterflies common to the American Southwest. From Southern California through the borderlands of Arizona and New Mexico, and across West Texas, this new addition to the bestselling Natural History Series will assist nature lovers in understanding and identifying these beautiful, delicate creatures. Stunning photography illustrates each species, aiding quick identification, and is complemented with information on climate, migration, and mating behaviors. A special how-to section gives tips for attracting butterflies to your yard. 151 color photos.

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Pages   88
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 9, 2008
Publisher   Rio Nuevo
ISBN  1933855150  
ISBN13  9781933855158  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim P. Brock, an active lepidopterist for more than thirty years, has studied butterflies throughout North America as well as in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Brazil. The coauthor of Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona (1991), he has also written many magazine articles and has led butterfly-watching tours in the United States and Mexico.

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1Books > Subjects > Outdoors & Nature > Reference
2Books > Subjects > Science > Biological Sciences > Animals > Butterflies
3Books > Subjects > Science > Biological Sciences > Zoology > Invertebrates

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Decent intro to the region's species; good but small photos  Sep 9, 2008
Basics: 2008, softcover, 88 pages, 153 color photos of 141 species, no range maps

This is another addition to the Wild West nature series. This book is an introduction to 141 (just under half) of the 300+ plus butterflies found in the southwest US. This photo guide gives a sampling of the species for the person with a casual or beginning interest in butterflies.

One relatively small photograph shows each butterfly, with about a dozen specimens shown with two photos. All the photos are good quality with sharp focus and vivid colors; however, there are a couple of quirks. Some butterflies (e.g., White-barred Skipper) blend into their dark backgrounds making them slightly difficult to see. The large Monarch is illustrated to be smaller on the page than the normally diminutive skippers.

One paragraph discusses each butterfly. The primary focus is on general life history aspects such as habitat preference, interesting behaviors, or seasonal presence. Only the briefest of descriptions are given to some of the species. No range maps are supplied.

This book is definitely not an identification guide and, to be fair, it does not claim to be one. This book is designed to appeal to those people looking for a more general overview or who may want to see a less overwhelming number of butterflies as they begin to learn them.

I've listed several related books below...
1) Butterflies of Arizona by Stewart/Brodkin
2) Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona by Bailowitz/Brock
3) Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley by Wauer
4) Butterflies through Binoculars: The West by Glassberg
5) Butterflies: Northeastern Mexico by Garwood/Lehman
6) Western Butterflies by Tilden/Smith
7) California Butterflies by Garth
8) Butterflies of Baja California by Brown et al.
9) Butterflies of North America by Brock/Kaufman
10) Butterflies of North America by Scott

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