Butterflies are found everywhere in British Columbia. Written for butterfly watchers, butterfly gardeners, naturalists, and biologists, Butterflies of British Columbia will provide years of enjoyment for the butterfly enthusiast.
The Butterflies of British Columbia
? provides the most complete coverage of species and subspecies of any North American regional or continental butterfly book
? covers 187 species and 264 subspecies of butterflies, as well as 9 additional hypothetical species
? provides descriptions of identifying features, immature stages, larval foodplants, biology and life history, range and habitat, and conservation status for each species
? describes 11 new subspecies
? includes introductory chapters covering the history, zoogeography, conservation, morphology, ecology, and biology of butterflies in BC and adjacent areas
? is lavishly illustrated with over 1,200 colour photographs and over 200 distribution maps
? includes a glossary of butterfly terms and a bibliography of over 750 citations.
Crispin S. Guppy is a wildlife habitat biologist and entomologist who lives in Quesnel, B.C. Jon H. Shepard is a biodiversity consultant and entomologist living in Nelson, B.C. Both have had a lifelong interest in the study of butterflies and have published extensively in the field.
The best presented and designed of the big butterfly books of recent years, Butterflies of British Columbia will be a great boon for all western lepidopterists and butterfly enthusiasts. The content is superbly rendered: maps generous and accurate, art and photographic quality splendid, text literate and handsomely set. There are several innovative features, and the fact that the original taxonomy will inspire debate is a measure of the book's groundbreaking approach. A grand accomplishment overall, this keenly awaited book presents Guppy and Shepard's rich scholarship and immense field experience to elegant advantage.
Overall, this is an admirable work abounding in useful information and should be on the bookshelves of anyone interested in butterflies and their role in nature.
This is an awesome book. The authors boldly took on the daunting task of producing a comprehensive treatment of the butterflies of British Columbia, and came up with an exceptionally fine result.