Complete Field Guide to the Butterflies of Australia

Complete Field Guide to the Butterflies of Australia

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By (author) Michael F. Braby

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  • Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 216mm x 20mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Melbourne
  • ISBN 10: 0643090274
  • ISBN 13: 9780643090279
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 68,443

Product description

This is the first complete field guide to all butterfly species on Australia's mainland and its remote islands. Written by one of Australia's leading lepidopterists, it is stunningly illustrated with colour photographs of each of the 416 currently identified species. There is also a distribution map for each species on the Australian mainland. It covers the five major family groups: Hesperiidae, Paplionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae and Lycaenidae, as well as the family Riodinidae, which has but a single species in Australia. The introduction covers adult structure, classification, distribution and habitats, and life cycle and behaviour. This is followed by accounts of each of the 416 species, giving common name, scientific name, and other names (if any), as well as details of behaviour, habitat, status, and larval food plants. Accompanying each species is a distribution map, and photographs of the upperside and underside of both male and female specimens. The book also contains a checklist of all species, a list of entomological contacts, a glossary, a bibliography, an index of common names and an index of scientific names. Supplementary section Collecting and Preserving Butterflies is available as a free download in the Features tab (Adobe Acrobat format - 331 kb).

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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.

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... 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. "