345 pages, 950 col photos, 275 maps
Contains detailed and up-to-date photo-illustrated information on the host plants favoured by particular species and contains 234 full-page species accounts and accompanying range maps, plus more than 950 large-size colour photos. The introductory chapters detail the subtle ecology of the East Coast region, establishing a consistent ecological framework that enriches the individual species accounts. There is also an overview of current scientific literature and observational findings to help readers better interpret complex butterfly behaviours in the field, including seasonal movements, host plant and diapause strategies, defensive chemistry, and more.
This book is not intended to be a field guide that you can tuck in your back pocket. But it is easy to use if not to carry, and its girth allows it to be wonderfully comprehensive. Scientific American Over the last 15 years, butterflies have also developed a new fan base among adult bird watchers [who] ... soon demanded butterfly field guides in color with range maps and standardized names, like the classic birding guides... The most beautiful and in-depth new book isButterflies of the East Coast: An Observers Guide by Rich Cech and Guy Tudor. -- Carol Stocker Boston Globe This volume is one of the best books on American natural history to appear in recent years... [H]ere we have a single volume that will go a long way toward educating older students and adults. It needs to be read. American Butterflies This is an outstanding resource that belongs in every naturalis"s library. -- Dan R. Kunkle Wildlife Activist A recently published book by Rick Cech and Guy Tudor called Butterflies of the East Coast is a magnificent addition to the butterfly literature. This book will increase the skill and enthusiasm of all butterfly observers. What a labor of love this book is! All of the butterflies along the Eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida, are covered... The identification sections are particularly notable to me. I think the descriptions are more useful than the descriptions in any of the other field guides on North American butterflies. Cech and Tudor's descriptions are wonderfully clear, with an economy of words. -- Herb Wilson Maine Today We're most fortunate this year. A number of fine natural history books have been issued just in time for summer reading... Easily the most spectacular new book is Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer's Guide by Rick Cech and Guy Tudor. This will surely become the standard text on butterflies. -- Gerry Rising Buffalo News This is sure to become a widely used book, suitable for a broad audience of naturalists, ecologists, and butterfly observers. Northeastern Naturalist Whether you're a Lepidoptera enthusiast or just a nature lover, there is a super new observer's guide on the market, Butterflies of the East Coast... Take it from me, you can't miss with this book. -- Glenn Ayers Burlington Times News
Preface ix INTRODUCTION 1 I. Where to Find Butterflies 1 II. When to Find Butterflies 18 III. What to Look For 27 IV. How to Look 51 List of Abbreviations 58 Map Key 59 SPECIES ACCOUNTS 60 Swallowtails 60 Pierids 72 Whites 72 Sulphurs 82 Lycaenids 98 Harvester 99 Coppers 100 Hairstreaks 104 Blues 132 Metalmarks 148 Nymphalids 150 Snout 152 Heliconians & Fritillaries 153 Crescents & Checkerspots 170 Typical Nymphalids 180 Admirals & Kin 196 Leafwings & Emperors 203 Satyrs 208 Milkweed Butterflies 225 Skippers 229 Spread-winged Skippers 229 Grass Skippers 256 Giant-Skippers 317 Sources List 321 Index 335
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Rick Cech is the author of "A Distributional Checklist of Butterflies of the New York City Area". Guy Tudor is president of the New York City Butterfly Club.