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Butterflies through Binoculars: The East A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Eastern North America Paperback – Feb 18 2003


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Feb. 18 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195106687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195106688
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2.3 x 14 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The life blood of Dr. Jeffrey Glassberg's new field guide are the superb photographs of living butterflies. Over 300 species of butterflies occurring in the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada are covered. The uniformly high quality of the photographs is instantly obvious....Glassberg and all those who helped him are to be commended on having produced a truly state of the art field guide."--News of the Lepidopterists' Society

"Butterflying is a direct outgrowth of birdwatching. Glassberg is a birder and a member of ABA. The techniques he helped pioneer are direct extensions of what birders do.... Glassberg's message [is] simple and beautiful: pick up your glasses, it can be done.... [He] has shown butterflyers how to enjoy and preserve the living creature, and he has promoted awareness of these beautiful insects and their place in the grand scheme of things."--Winging It

"[Glassberg] has hit his stride, perfecting the format such that, for the first time, butterfly enthusiasts have a true and useful field identification guide for the eastern U.S. and adjacent Canada."--American Butterflies

"It has a very extensive collection of photo plates of butterflies in nature. The treatment of skippers is excellent. It has range maps and graphic flight periods. The best guide currently available."--Wisconsin Entomological Society Newsletter

"Prayer answered! Six hundred twenty-five color photographs of butterflies in the wild! Color range maps....Descriptions! Timelines of peak flight abundance! And a quirky author's voice throughout that communicates Glassberg's infectious love of his subject...more than a field guide: it's a field companion. "--Bird Watcher's Digest

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This book provides perhaps the best available set of basic instructions for butterfly watching. As some of the other reviews mention, it's not just a field guide; it's also a very thorough and pleasing introduction to how to go about the hobby. What type of binocs to choose (close focus please) is, for example, the sort of basic thing it covers well.
That being said, Butterflies through Binoculars shares a lot of the same traits I find mildly frustrating in the current set of Audubon's bird guides. It uses photographs, which I've always found less useful than thoughtful artist's drawings in my bird books. All the plates, moreover, are stacked together in front of the book. Maybe others find it handy to flip through pictures only, but I'd much rather see things like the better bird guides do it: color plates on one side, succinct species description with range map on the other. Whenever I use a guide like this in the field I end up flipping back and forth in my field guide like I can't make up my mind.
For that reason, I'd recommend this as an introductory title, but I'd say we're still waiting for a really wonderful field guide.
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Glassberg has the ability to share his passion about butterflies while providing excellent field marks to look for. This book sets the standard for future butterfly books but may be hard to top except by Glassberg himself. Even the description of butterfies contains thought-provoking or entertaining tidbits that make them a joy to read. Great photographs (except for one), information on habitat, flight period, host and foodplants, and range; just about everything you need to know. More importantly, Glassberg, who is president of North American Butterfly Association, employs the NABA checklist for common names. This is critical if you participate in a 4th of July Butterfly Count. If you have an older field guide, throw it out and buy this one. I have no plans on butterflying in the western US but I will be the first to buy such a book if Glassberg writes it.
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Yes, this is a superior field guide, whether one is collecting or watching. And, the texts are also pithy and contain some great and timely information on the butterflies and especially conservations situations. The butterfly enthusiast crowd is lucky to have had such an upsurge in interest in its subject, and Glassberg is to be credited with kindling much of this. Speaking of Butterflies through Binoculars-- a wonderful narrative about same, through the binoculars of history, is the recent Nabokov's Blues by Kurt Johnson, another prominent lepidopterist. Its time to look at butterflies, appreciate them, and increase our knowledge as well. Get out with Glassberg's book and then go home and read some "sit-down" informative entomology. Enjoy.
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If you've tried to identify butterflies and been frustrated, this is the book for you! If you like butterflies, gardening, or simply being outdoors, this too is the book for you! Spectacular photos of LIVE butterflies, brilliantly concise and educational text, excellent range maps, and seasonality charts make IDENTIFICATION easy. Users of this guide will learn quickly what many long-time butterfly watchers took years to learn. A fun tool for travel planning to butterfly hotspots too!
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