A richly illustrated guide to the 84 known species of "true" butterflies (Papilionoidea) found within the state's borders. For over 14 years, authors made a close study of these butterflies, pursuing them in a great variety of habitats, rearing them, and photographing their remarkable life cycle stages-egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalid), and adult.
Each species account is accompanied by color photos of live subjects in their natural habitats. Close-ups detail camouflage, mimicry, coloration, and warning devices. The text explains highly evolved relationships between butterflies and the plants upon which they depend as well as the specialized adaptations that enable their survival. Included are range maps, flight times, caterpillar host plants, adult nectar sources, and identification tips. Appendices provide an annotated checklist of the state's butterflies, a list of accidentals and strays, and recommended further reading.
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