Common Butterflies of California
Reakirt's Blue
Reakirt's Blue
Hemiargus isola

Common Butterflies of California

©Text & Photographs by Bob Stewart
 


 
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About the Book

From the Preface of Common Butterflies of California:
©Bob Stewart

For butterflies, there are several good field guides for the United States and California.  For the most part, though, these guides have been produced by scientists who collect butterflies and who design their books to be used by others interested in collecting.  There are a growing number of persons who are interested in identifying butterflies but do not want to kill them or even catch them in a net.  With so many close-focusing binoculars (6-9 feet) available today, this is very easy to do.  Of course, one can watch butterflies with the unaided eye, but to get close you have to move very slowly.

One problem with current guides is that they often don't show the patterns on both the Under Wing and the Upper Wing, something that is very necessary when all you have is a glimpse of just one side of the butterfly in the field.  Also, these guides are rather overwhelming to beginners, with many look-alike species that do not occur in their local area.

As you gain experience, you will find butterfly species that are not included in this book.  But by becoming familiar with the common species, you will perhaps be motivated to obtain other guides, mentioned in the bibliography.



Format of the Book

Link to format description Common Butterflies of California has 127 full-color high-resolution photos of butterflies, with many examples of both upper and lower wing markings, and some larval (caterpillar) forms.  The book is spiral bound for easy use in the field.  Each photo is 6" X 9" (15 X 22.5 cm) in size, and is accompanied by information about the species. To see more about the format of the book, including some sample text, view the book and its format (55 KB).  To get only an idea of the glorious photos provided, view some photo samples.


About Bob Stewart

Bob Stewart has a tremendous amount of knowledge, patience, and photographic skill.   He has been a naturalist in California for over 30 years.  His intention during this time has been to help interested persons become more aware of the natural world.



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