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This is a revised second edition of a groundbreaking photographic field guide to the butterflies of Mexico and Central America. It covers almost all of the more than 1,700 butterfly species found in Mexico, plus many found only in Central America, including more than two-thirds of those in Costa Rica. Written by Jeffrey Glassberg, the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies, A Swift Guide to Butterflies of Mexico and Central America features 3,250 large, gorgeous colour photographs, the very best images available, accompanied by authoritative facing-page text. Range maps, field marks, and host plants are included for all Mexican butterflies. This second edition includes more species, many new photos, and updated text, maps, and species names. The result is an ideal field guide that will enable you to identify almost every butterfly you see.
Jeffrey Glassberg is a leading butterfly authority and author. He is president of the North American Butterfly Association, editor of American Butterflies magazine, and the author of many books, including the Butterflies through Binoculars series. He is adjunct professor of evolutionary biology at Rice University and lives in Morristown, New Jersey.
"By definition it should be very difficult indeed to pack the number of butterfly species present in Mexico and Central America into one readable and useable field guide format. Some would declare it impossible but Jeffrey Glassberg has done a very nice job. Of necessity this is a cluttered book, but not in an irritating or overwhelming way [...] One doesn't undertake such a gargantuan piece of work lightly, and it is clear that its preparation was thoughtful and highly organised. It would be a bold butterfly watcher who headed for Central America for the first time without this book in their day sack. Of course, and this is acknowledged, there are some groups of butterfly species that remain impossible to identify with any certainty in the field. This little book will, however, allow both amateur and specialist to identify a significant proportion of the butterflies they see in the field, or photograph them for identification at home."
– John Tennent, Atropos 62, 2018