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Field Guides & Natural History  Insects & other Invertebrates  Insects  Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)

The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key Out of Print
By: Michael F Braby(Author)
340 pages, Col plates, col photos, distrib mapsillus
Publisher: CSIRO
The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia
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  • The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia ISBN: 9780643090279 Edition: 1 Paperback Sep 2004 Out of Print #149189
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About this book

A complete field guide to all 415 of Australia's butterfly species. The introductory section contains details of life cycle, behaviour and habitats for the five major family groups: Hesperiidae, Papliodae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae and Lycaenidae, together with identification keys.

A concise account of each species covers the major part of the book. This includes common name, scientific name, and other names (if any) followed by details of behaviour, habitat, status, and larval food plants. A distribution map and a photograph of both the upperside and underside of both male and female specimens accompany each species account.

Michael Braby has spent the last 23 years collecting and studying Australian butterflies and is the author of Butterflies of Australia.

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Dr Michael Braby has spent the last 24 years collecting and studying Australian butterflies. He has reared and photographed numerous species and has built up a private collection of more than 5000 specimens. He is the author of the major two-volume standard text, Butterflies of Australia, which won the Whitley Medal in 2000 and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Harvard University.

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key Out of Print
By: Michael F Braby(Author)
340 pages, Col plates, col photos, distrib mapsillus
Publisher: CSIRO
Media reviews

" [...] an excellent, up-to-date, affordable publication for anyone, amateaur or professional, interested in studying adult butterflies in the field."
The Victorian Naturalist, vol. 122(4), 2005

" [...] while enjoying watching or collecting Australian butterflies with the help of this magnificent field guide, you also have the opportunity to add to scientific knowledge and contribute to the preservation of biological diversity."
– Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University

" [...] a book as technically accurate and artistically pleasing as any I have seen in recent years. [...] I highly recommend it for professional entomologists and amateurs alike."
– John Moss (Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club Newsletter no.35, 2004)

"Congratulations to the author and to all involved in the publication of this book it certainly is a 'must buy' for all who have an interest in Australian butterflies."
Butterfly Conservation SA Newsletter Issue 19, Jan 2005

"This is a great, and long overdue book for anyone interested in Australia's fauna."
– Land for Wildlife Southeast Queensland, Jan 2005

"This book will [...] introduce Australians to a whole new facet of our natural history."
– Dave Britton, Australian Museum (Nature Australia Autumn 2005)

"Anyone interested in Australian butterflies, and others simply fascinated by Lepidoptera, will want this book."
– PK Lago, University of Mississippi, USA (Choice May 2005)

"It is a must for those wanting to identify Australian butterflies, be they amateurs or professionals. [...] I recommend it highly."
– Roy Sonnenburg (Wildlife Australia Autumn 2005)

"We recommend this field guide to all butterfly enthusiasts, entomolgists and conservationists, not only in Australia."
– J Jaros & K Spitzer (European Journal of Entomology v.102 no.1 2005)

"The photos are stunning and make identification foolproof. [...] Even the names are poetry [...] beautiful!"
Grass Roots no.172 Aug-Sep 2005

"The illustrations are superb and, together with the accompanying text and maps, should enable identification of even the most difficult species. It is highly recommended, particularly for those who enjoy watching or collecting butterflies in the field or have not lashed out on the more lavish Butterflies of Australia."
– David L Hancock (Australian Entomologist v.32 no.2 2005)

"This is a superb field guide for the naturalist, with multiple wings-spread full-colour images and locality maps of species throughout."
The Australian 3 November 2004

" [...] this book is the ultimate in identifying and understanding our native butterflies [...] This is a valuable reference for nature lovers, gardeners and educators."
SubTropical Gardening, p.88, August 2013

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