LIFE HISTORIES OF CASCADIA BUTTERFLIES (WOW)!!!!!!!!!!
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Wed Dec 7 13:09:51 EST 2011
Yesterday I received a copy of LIFE HISTORIES OF CASCADIA
BUTTERFLIES, by DAVID JAMES and DAVID NUNNALLEE.
As a result, it was a near-sleepless night, as I simply
could not put the book down!
WOW! THIS BOOK
IS TRULY EXTRAORDINARY!! Never
before has a single volume (447 pages) contributed such an immense wealth of
BRAND NEW information on North American butterflies! While I’m still digging into the book, and am only about
halfway through the lycaenid section, I’ve learned new facts and tidbits on literally
every page- about butterflies I’ve been studying my whole life!
There has never before been a book on North American
butterflies that has so completely illustrated the immature stages. James and Nunnallee managed to rear
virtually all of the 158 species of butterflies in Washington, northern Oregon,
northern Idaho and southern British Columbia, and documented their rearings
with detailed notes on and fantastic photos of all immature stages.
Without any doubt, I believe this book is the most
significant and important publication on North American butterflies in many
decades, if not since the classic volumes by Edwards and Scudder. Through this book, James and Nunnallee
have ‘hit the reset button’ on our knowledge of the immatures of Cascadian
butterflies. Every future ecological
study on these butterflies, by necessity, will start with the results of James
and Nunnallee’s labors as baseline information. And thanks to their extensive efforts, Cascadia can now
boast the best-known butterfly fauna in all of North America.
James and Nunnallee have literally given Lepidopterology in
North America a brand new start! We
now have a new standard for research on immature stages and regional field
guides. We now have a totally new
understanding about the biology of some of our most common and widespread
butterflies. And we have a fresh,
new perspective on many old taxonomic and ecological questions.
In summary, this is a life-changing book! You may never look at (or for!) butterflies
the same after spending time with this incredible volume. I cannot thank the authors enough for
brining this book into the world!
It is truly a masterpiece!
You will not regret owning multiple copies of this book (I
will need at least 4 for myself- did you hear that Santa?)!
The book can be ordered here:
PS- the links below will take you to two recent reviews of
Andrew D. Warren, PhD
Senior Collections Manager
123 McGuire Hall
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
SW 34th Street and Hull Road
P. O. Box 112710
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
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