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Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide (Indiana Natural Science)

Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide (Indiana Natural Science) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey E. Belth

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"My excitement about our state's butterflies jumped several notches after reading the superbly illustrated Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide. It is a must-have book for anyone interested in these jewels of the insect world." Michael A. Homoya, author of Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests: A Field Guide "This unique effort is the most complete guide to butterfly watching I've ever seen - with visual identification keys that a true novice can follow, supplemented with accurate status updates, distribution maps and abundance and seasonal graphs. If these were all it included, it would be an admirable accomplishment - but there are another 150 pages devoted to butterfly life history, habitats, conservation, habitat management, gardening, photography, collecting, watching and more. This is the complete guide to the appreciation of Indiana's butterflies." John Shuey, The Nature Conservancy Indiana Field Office "For beginners and experts, Butterflies of Indiana also offers an introduction to the natural history of butterflies. The simple and intuitive design of this guide and its wealth of features make it a faithful companion for butterfly watchers, collectors, gardeners, birders, and naturalists." - Birdbooker Report, Guardian

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Winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award for best Nature Guidebook.
This book is the first field guide to Indiana's butterflies and their close relatives, the skippers. All species and subspecies recorded from the state are shown. An illustrated "Quick Key" narrows the identification process to several similar species. Photographs with arrows pointing to "field marks" then highlight the differences between those species and allow easy identification, even for people just beginning their study of butterflies. Text, range map, and abundance graph are opposite the photographs for easy reference. Also included are photographs of eggs, larvae, or chrysalises of many species. Numerous plants important to butterflies, either as larval hosts or as nectar sources, are also depicted. Fully illustrated chapters describing Indiana's natural regions, how to find butterflies, watching and photographing butterflies, butterfly biology and behavior, butterfly habitats, and butterfly conservation, are also included.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7291 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (1 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7S0IPC
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way to do it! 4 Jan 2013
By Art Shapiro - Published on
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As the author of a relatively recent (2007) regional butterfly field guide (for the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Valley, California), I have a natural disposition to think my book is the best of its genre around. Well, I HAD such a disposition...because this brand-new book is clearly the best in the U.S. to date. Among its unusual features are extraordinarily good sections on the natural (ecological, physiographic, climatic) regions of Indiana and specific areas of special interest, a copiously-illustrated section on host plants and nectar sources, and the best short course in butterfly photography that I have seen. You don't have to live in Indiana to find this book immensely valuable. Hell, it's immensely valuable to me, and I'm half a continent away!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best field guides to butterflies, period. 4 Jan 2013
By Roger Carpenter (Long) - Published on
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As an Indiana resident who has been interested in entomology for almost 40 years and has been photographing and researching the insects of Indiana for the past 10, I had been waiting for the publication of this book since the author first told me he was preparing it some seven years ago. I have to say that it was well worth the wait. This is not just an excellent field guide to the butterflies of Indiana, but also one of the finest field guides on butterflies that I have seen for any state.

This book has much to recommend it. First of all, photographs of live specimens as opposed to dead, pinned ones were used as the examples in the identification section, showing the reader how each species appears in life, in the situation in which the reader will be encountering them. In addition to showing particular species in their natural state, this choice appears to reflect a continuation of the more current emphasis on leaving nature as unculled as possible. Even so, Belth displays a balanced attitude on the subject, seeming to prefer photographing over collecting but understanding the necessity of reasonable collecting, as reflected in the Lepidopterists' Society statement on collecting reproduced in the book.

Second, the book includes updated range maps that provide the student of Indiana's butterfly fauna with more precise information about where particular species are and are not known to occur in the Hoosier state, thereby helping to counteract the implication of the title that every species is equally distributed throughout Indiana.

Third, for those who are acquainted less with botany than with butterflies, Belth provides detailed information about the various natural regions found throughout the state as well as an extensive section on larval hosts and adult nectar sources, which are supplemented with illustrative photographs that help to alleviate the need to have additional identifying sources on hand.

Fourth, the other sections of the book, covering such diverse topics as finding butterflies, butterfly life cycles, butterfly behavior, butterfly conservation, and activities involving butterflies--including an introduction to the increasingly popular pastime of butterfly photography--are concise but detailed, conveying a great deal of useful and fascinating information in a minimum of space.

Although packed with information, the book is small enough to be conveniently carried into the field--I know that when the butterflies start reappearing in Indiana this upcoming spring that is precisely what I will be doing.

Even though this is technically a field guide to the butterflies of Indiana, many of the butterflies that occur in Indiana also occur throughout much of the eastern United States (and beyond), making it relevant to those interested not only in the butterfly fauna of Indiana, but also in that of many other regions as well.

Overall, the book is well organized, broad ranging, and lucidly written, useful not only to the novice but also to the seasoned butterfly lover and even professional. Belth's enthusiasm for the butterflies of Indiana is palpable throughout the entire book and is also infectious, having the potential to kindle, or rekindle, an interest in the butterflies of Indiana, butterflies in general, or nature in general.

(I would like to thank the author for recognizing my small contribution [referenced under "Richard" Long on p. 82] in this excellent publication.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a treasure trove! 18 Nov 2013
By Petal Head - Published on
The guide has views of both upper and undersides of wings, male/female and spring/fall form (where applicable). And the author helps you distinguish between similar species (this is crucial!) But wait--there's so much more. Mr. Belth includes sections on butterfly anatomy and behavior; tips for observing, collecting and photographing butterflies; butterfly gardening; and the natural regions of Indiana. A must for anyone wanting to learn about butterflies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best butterfly guide for the money 12 April 2013
By Troy Shively - Published on
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I bought this book and it is amazing! While the Indiana info might not be for everyone, the identification part of the book is one of the best for the Midwestern United States. I highly recommend it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterflies of Indiana 28 Dec 2013
By Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp - Published on
Belth relies on his expert knowledge and observational skills, along with more that 500 color photos to help us identify 149 species of Indiana's winged beauties. This is a spectacular boo for the gardener, nature lover and educator.
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