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The California Tortoiseshell, West Coast Lady, Red Admiral, and Golden Oak Hairstreak are just a few of the many butterfly species found in the floristically rich San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions. This guide, written for both beginning and experienced butterfly watchers by one of the nation’s best-known professional lepidopterists, provides thorough, up-to-date information on all of the butterfly species found in this diverse and accessible region. Written in lively prose, it discusses the natural history and conservation status for these butterflies and at the same time provides an integrated view of butterfly biology based on studies conducted in northern California and around the world. Compact enough for use in the field, the guide also includes tips on butterfly watching, photography, gardening, and more.
* Discusses and identifies more than 130 species
* Species accounts include information on identifying butterflies through behavior, markings, and host plants
* Beautiful full-color plates illustrate top and bottom views of wings for easier identification
* Includes a species checklist and a glossary
Arthur M. Shapiro is Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the Center for Population Biology at the University of California, Davis. Tim D. Manolis is an artist, illustrator, and biological consultant and author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of California (UC Press).
“Shaprio’s words of butterfly wisdom will boost your chances of getting these four-winged wonders to stick around.”—Sacramento Magazine
“Highly useful. . . . Essential for those who would like to identify butterflies and not make the mistake of calling every orange butterfly a monarch.”—Placerville Mountain Democrat
“Shapiro’s enthusiasm for his subjects is contagious; he makes even the potentially dry stuff like taxonomy and nomenclature engaging. I’ve seen friends open this book at random and laugh out loud.”—Berkeley Daily Planet
“This wonderful little book is much more than a regional butterfly guide. . . . [It’s] an excellent primer on butterflies in any region.”—Wildlife Activist
“Informative and entertaining.”—Bay Nature
“[Shapiro’s] description of our climate peculiarities and vegetation is especially helpful“—San Francisco Chronicle
“Shapiro provides highly readable and fascinating information.”—Metro Newspapers
"With superb illustrations and concise, up-to-the-minute synopses of butterfly biology, this book is an indispensable wonder."—Robert Michael Pyle, author of Chasing Monarchs and The Butterflies of Cascadia
"A masterpiece on the butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions."—Paul A. Opler, author of A Field Guide to Western Butterflies
"An accessible and entertaining guide to the natural history of Bay Area and Sacramento Valley butterflies."—Carol Boggs, Stanford University