280 pages, 32 col plates, 296 distrib maps
The first comprehensive guide to all the butterflies found in Canada. Based on the national butterfly collection maintained by Agriculture Canada, it contains descriptive individual accounts for close to three hundred butterfly species, including descriptions of early stages of individual species, subspecies, and a list of key features. Each species of butterfly also has an individual distribution map based on a database of more than 90,000 location records.
All in all, an indispensable feast of feathery little beasts.' Globe & Mail The Butterflies of Canada is at once a field guide, a butterfly life-history reference, a coffee table book, a source for encouraging further study, and perhaps a benchmark for other future natural history publications. Both casual and serious naturalists will enjoy this book as an addition to their ever-growing libraries.' The Victoria Naturalist 'Even those who don't have lepidopterist leanings will find it hard not to admire the lively colour and visual appeal the photographs of butterflies offer.' Quill & Quire
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Ross A. Layberry has been building a database of butterfly distribution in Canada since 1985, now at over 90,000 records. Peter W. Hall is presently Acting Director General, Strategies asnd Planning Research Branch, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. J. Donald Lafontaine is a research scientist at the Research Branch of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, where he has worked in the Lepidoptera Unit in the Canadian National Collection of insects (CNC) for the past twenty-six years.