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The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History, Volume I: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae v. 1 (Butterfiles of Costa Rica & Their Natural History) Paperback – 21 Jun 1987


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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (21 Jun. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691024030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691024035
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.3 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,142,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"DeVries has written an extremely important work, possibly the best field guide available for any group of Neotropical organisms. It sets a new standard for butterfly guides."--Journal of the New York Entomological Society

"A fascinating and scholarly field guide of great value to collectors, naturalists, and professional biologists."--American Scientist

"DeVries' The Butterflies of Costa Rica is the most important book on tropical American butterflies to appear in the last 30 years. It is a significant scientific accomplishment and is a beautifully designed and produced book."--Association for Tropical Biology

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Sharpe on 15 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
The diversity of life in the tropics is such that a tome like this covers just three of families of butterflies, not the whole lepidopteran fauna as other reviewers have pointed out. Nevertheless, these three are both important and conspicuous, including some of the most beautiful and sought after of tropical butterflies such as the Morphos, Owl Butterflies and Heliconiids. And, because of the paucity of literature for this region, this guide will prove useful well beyond the frontiers of Costa Rica where many of the same genera and even species occur - I use it all the time in Venezuela for example.
The photographic plates and illustrations are superb and the text is a delight with a host of information on natural history as well as identification.
Definitely a must for the entomologist and serious naturalist.
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A wonderful book 15 Nov. 2005
By Christopher J. Sharpe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The diversity of life in the tropics is such that a tome like this covers just three of families of butterflies, not the whole lepidopteran fauna as other reviewers have pointed out. Nevertheless, these three are both important and conspicuous, including some of the most beautiful and sought after of tropical butterflies such as the Morphos, Owl Butterflies and Heliconiids. And, because of the paucity of literature for this region, this guide will prove useful well beyond the frontiers of Costa Rica where many of the same genera and even species occur - I use it all the time in Venezuela for example.

The photographic plates and illustrations are superb and the text is a delight with a host of information on natural history as well as identification.

Definitely a must for the entomologist and serious naturalist.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
butterly museum 31 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book along with the photo essay book "Costa Rica : The Last Country the Gods Made" should be owned by anyone who loves Costa Rica, even if they think they despise nature studies as dry and limited. Buy it just for the color plates. This book's spirit is undeniable.
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By Katherine Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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