By Jeffrey Glassberg | Princeton University Press | Paperback | February 2018 | 272 Pages | 3250 Colour Photographs | Distribution Maps | ISBN: 9780691176482
The Publisher’s View:This is a revised second edition of a ground-breaking photographic field guide to the butterflies of Mexico and Central America. It covers almost all of the more than 1,700 butterfly species found in Mexico, plus many found only in Central America, including more than two-thirds of those in Costa Rica. Written by Jeffrey Glassberg, the pioneering authority on the field identification of butterflies, A Swift Guide to Butterflies of Mexico and Central America features 3,250 large, gorgeous colour photographs, the very best images available, accompanied by authoritative facing-page text. Range maps, field marks, and host plants are included for all Mexican butterflies. This second edition includes more species, many new photos, and updated text, maps, and species names. The result is an ideal field guide that will enable you to identify almost every butterfly you see.
The Author: Jeffrey Glassberg is a leading butterfly authority and author. He is president of the North American Butterfly Association, editor of American Butterflies magazine, and the author of many books, including the Butterflies through Binoculars series. He is adjunct professor of evolutionary biology at Rice University and lives in Morristown, New Jersey.
Fatbirder View: This was a tremendously impressive undertaking. I am not qualified to comment on the scientific background, but I can appreciate the way in which the book has been laid out to maximise ease of identification. Its fortunate that, at rest, butterflies really only have two [poses, unlike the myriad that birds can adopt. This in itself is a tremendous boon when producing a photographic guide. The shear numbers of species are overwhelming when one is used to the paucity of British butterflies. The author really deserves this guide to be a success!
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