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Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Paperback – Sep 15 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Johnson Books (Sept. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555663478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555663476
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef2f66c) out of 5 stars A full-color field guide to butterflies Feb. 13 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Butterflies Of The Lower Rio Grande Valley is a full-color field guide to butterflies in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Beautiful, full-color photographs on every page display individual species in all their grace and majesty. The text lists straightforward information on when and where each species can be found, how to distinguish it from similar species, its wingspan, and much more. Appendices, a butterfly checklist, and an index round out this slightly-larger than pocket size guide, which is a "must-have" for butterfly sightseers and breathtaking to page through for anyone with a keen interest in these ephermal and delicate insects.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef2fc9c) out of 5 stars Excellent, complete photo guide to a unique area Aug. 14 2008
By Jack Holloway - Published on
Format: Paperback
Basics: 2004, softcover, 372 pages, 300 species, 421 color photos, no range maps

Here is a great book on an area rich in butterfly species and uniqueness. Over 400 color photographs display 300 species of butterflies from the southern border of Texas. All butterflies of the area - common, vagrant, and accidental - are covered in this guide.

There is one species per page and most are illustrated with 2-3 photos. The more distinctive or rarer butterflies often have only one photo. All the photos are in color and do a good job of showing the field marks. My only minor critique about the photos is many appear to be overexposed or slightly hazy. This causes the colors to lack crispness.

It appears the photos are meant to mimic what you would encounter in the field. By this, I mean nearly all the hairstreaks, sulphurs, and satyrs are shown only with their wings closed (no dorsal views) while the duskywings, cloudywings, and flashers are shown only with their wings open (no ventral views), just as you would typically see in the field without collecting the butterfly.

The text starts with a paragraph on the description of the butterfly. This information is written well with very useful details. Another shorter paragraph offers comparisons to similar species. The "When and Where" paragraph gives general information on seasonal or monthly presence along with notes on the habitats in which the species is likely to be found.

I like the inclusion of "LRGV speciality" written at the beginning of the species account for the appropriate butterflies. Standing for "Lower Rio Grand Valley" and found on nearly half the species, it immediately informs the reader about the geographic uniqueness of the specimen for the US.

This is a great book to have when visiting far-south Texas and should help you identify nearly everything you encounter.

I've listed several related books below...
1) Butterflies: Northeastern Mexico by Garwood/Lehman
2) Butterflies of Arizona: A Photographic Guideby Stewart et al.
3) Butterflies of North America by Brock/Kaufman
4) The Butterflies of North America by Scott
5) Butterflies through Binoculars: The West by Glassberg
6) National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef3118c) out of 5 stars Butterflies of LRGV May 9 2013
By Ken Wilson - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is a must for this area. Most national butterfly guides don't dive that deeply into LRGV species. The potential is there for any Mexican species to appear suddenly. This book covers most stray reports of rare visitors. The pictures aren't the best seen but achieve its purpose in assisting the user with identification.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef31174) out of 5 stars Excellent! March 6 2012
By Lulubelle - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am very impressed with this book. It is full of great detail and photos that I think are very beneficial in being able to ID a butterfly found in the LRGV, particularly the Mexican species that can be found there.
HASH(0x9ef31630) out of 5 stars this guide is great to have Aug. 2 2014
By kalwisti - Published on
Format: Paperback
Since the RGV is the main place where we are butterfly watching, this guide is great to have. Some of the photos could be better and clearer but when used in combination with a standard field guide such as Kauffman's, it does the job. It's probably about time for the author to update his book; this is now 10 years old. What once may have been rare may now be more common.