Butterflies of British Columbia
Including Western Alberta, Southern Yukon, the Alask Panhandle, Washington, Northern Oregon, Northern Idaho, Northwestern MontanaBook - 2001
Butterflies of British Columbia provides butterfly watchers, naturalists, and the professional biologist with an overview of the fascinating butterfly fauna of British Columbia and adjacent areas. It covers 216 species, about one-third of the resident, breeding butterfly species in the United States and Canada.
An extensive general introduction to the study of butterflies includes the history of butterfly study, post-glacial colonization by butterflies, the effects of European colonization on the fauna, butterfly conservation, butterfly gardening, ecology, morphology, biology, and behavior. Each species treatment includes maps of the northwestern North American distribution, color photographs of adults of all species and subspecies, and flight season graphs. The meanings of both scientific and common names are given. Distribution maps are provided for additional species and subspecies that occur in areas adjacent to British Columbia, including Washington, northern Idaho, northwest Montana, western Alberta, and southern Yukon.
A wildlife habitat biologist and a biodiversity consultant both entomologists aim for comprehensiveness in this reference on the exceedingly large and diverse butterfly fauna of British Columbia and adjacent areas. Including both butterflies and the other major group of day-flying Lepidoptera, the skippers, the volume covers the 187 known species in BC, 264 subspecies (11 newly described), and nine species mapped very near the border. Introductory chapters address the history, zoogeography, conservation, morphology, ecology, and biology of butterflies in BC and adjacent areas. Entries for each butterfly include identifying features, immature stages, larval food-plants, biology and life history, range and habitat, and conservation status, along with detailed color photographs and maps for each species. Distributed by the U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)