I was in need of an identification source for my Central Amer. leps and this book was just the ticket. While Bio-Quip's prices are often on the highside, this sale was a 'gem-of-a-deal'.
"A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America" by Jeffery Glassberg 2007 by Sunstreak Books ISBN #978-1-4243-2029-5 (cloth) ISBN #978-1-4243-0915-8 (pb)
It is full of color pictures(3,250) in 272 pages of numerous species. There are Recto and Verso pics with field-marks for identifying leps. When sexual-dimorphism is present or substantial differences among the sexes are evident, such differences are pictured. I found the field-marks especially good in that they not only mark the particular feature, but often briefly explain what to look for. There are so many species/subspecies, having this guide is indeed a blessing for this collector. Each species has a general reference map, scientific name, common name, and the book is well organized. I just got the book today, but I feel the binding is very well done for a semi-soft-cover book. It even has a regular Index and a Visual Index.
The text is minimal, but that is not why I bought the book. I needed an Id source and is exactly what I got
Below is the specific link to the sale of this at Bio-Quip. I know the link has pics, but I took a few anyway.
Post by papilio28570 on Aug 17, 2011 17:29:50 GMT -8
Thanks for the review, Bill. Sounds like a bargain at full price. I wish it did have some full text about the species. So many books lack a description of the butterfly's life and behavior. I like to know what sort of habitat they prefer, larvae food sources, peculiar flight characteristics, whether they are found in colonies or evenly distributed over their range, rarity, etc., etc. I like to "know" the butterflies as well as collect them.
Hi Bill and others - this is indeed a decent book. But it is not comprehensive - many species are ommitted and subspecies are not covered. I take it in the field - and it works very well for that.
If you are working with pinned bugs - I would fall back to the BOA website - which is indeed comprehensive, and because it is actively managed - very accurate. For example, I recent pointed out that Evenus coronata thay had figured was in fact not the species as it occus in CA - within 2 weeks the page was updated and corrected.