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Butterflies through Binoculars: The East A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Eastern North America [Paperback]

Jeffrey Glassberg
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Feb. 18 2003 Butterflies [or Other] Through Binoculars
This magnificent field guide greatly expands on Butterflies Through Binoculars: The Boston-New York-Washington Region--identified by Defenders of Wildlife Magazine as "the first to focus on netless butterflying" and called " a clear winner" by the Audubon Naturalist. Glassberg here shows us how to find, identify, and enjoy all of the butterflies native to the eastern half of the United States and southeastern Canada. This guide: *Combines the immediacy and vividness of actual photographsof living butterflies with the traditional field guide format *Emphasizes conservation over collection *Includes 630 color photographs, arranged on 72 color plates, of butterflies in the wild *Provides adjacent color maps that show where each species occurs in a given locality and for how much of the year *Supplies entirely new field marks for butterfly identification *Demonstrates how to identify subjects by way of the key characteristics butterflies are likely to display in their naturalsettings *Shows how species can be recognized both from above and below *Explains how to differentiate between males and females. For butterfly enthusiasts, for bird watchers who want to add a new dimension to their hobby, for anyone who is simply interested in exploring the wilds of their own back yard, this new field guide offers hours of delightful help and instruction.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Butterfly id book! Aug. 5 2001
Format:Paperback
Without comparison, this is the best butterfly id book around. It is really easy to navigate and find specific butterflies quickly, even for the novice. It has maps as well as larval foods for the different butterflies. Quite complete. I keep it sitting right here on my desk so that when I see a butterfly flitter by I can run outside and id it. Its also has tips on identifying butterflies that may look similar which is helpful. I'd buy it again for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book out there right now. May 31 2001
Format:Paperback
If you are interested in butterflies on any scale, you must have this book! The pictures are really good for comparison in the field. A must have for anyone who participates in butterfly counts. This book will make you addicted to watching butterflies like it did me! Be careful! :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid primer, somewhat awkward field guide Nov. 22 2000
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Field Guides! May 17 2000
Format:Paperback
An absolute must have! Glassberg, who is president of the North American Butterfly Association, shares his knowledge of these delicate creatures and makes identifcation easy and fun. Includes 625 color photos (most by Glassberg) of free-flying butterflies. The first butterfly guide to use plates showing correct size relationships among species. Also features sections on binoculars, photography, biology, conservation, and gardening. You won't be sorry you purchased this fine book!
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