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Life Histories of Cascadia Butterfliesby David James
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David G. James and David Nunnallee present the life histories of the entire butterfly fauna of a geographic region in exceptional and riveting detail for the first time in North America in Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies.
Virtually all of the 158 butterfly species occurring in southern British Columbia, Washington, northern Idaho, and northern Oregon are included in the book. Color photographs of each stage of life--egg, every larval instar, pupa, adult--accompany information on the biology, ecology, and rearing of each species.
Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies will appeal to naturalists, hikers, amateur entomologists, butterfly gardeners, conservationists, students, and general readers of natural history. For scientists and dedicated lepidopterists, the book provides an unparalleled resource on the natural history of immature stages of butterflies in the Pacific Northwest--and beyond, as many of Cascadia's butterflies occur in other parts of North America as well as Europe and Asia.
Book News Annotation:
This 430 page reference guide with color glossy photographs of butterflies from the Cascadia region (all of Washington, northern half of Oregon, southern parts of British Columbia and northwestern Idaho) in their larval, caterpillar and winged stages is an invaluable reference for scientists, lepidopterists, and other butterfly enthusiasts. In the first 60 pages, authors James and Nunnalee, provide common information about the life of a butterfly, its habitats, defense, natural enemies and strategies, as well as the fieldwork that went into the study. The two pages of butterfly egg photographs show just how uniquely different each of the species are from one another. The authors give advice on how to use the book and then uniformly set out each chapter into sections on adult biology, immature stage biology, a description of immature stages, and a discussion. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
David G. James is associate professor of entomology at Washington State University. He has more than 650 publications, including 166 scientific papers, 30 of which address Lepidoptera David Nunnallee has been studying butterflies in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years. Two hundred of his photographs are published in field guides, online, and in permanent public displays. He is cofounder of the Washington Butterfly Association and coauthor of The Butterflies of Cascadia.
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