Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Latest Field Guide: Kaufman Butterflies of North America

This summer, while birding with Jeremy Bensette, I couldn't help but notice he had bought a Kaufmann Bufferfly Field guide and inspired me to get a copy myself. The $20 book pays itself off in the first five minutes of thumbing through the thousands of beautiful photos of butterflies. This book has already helped me identify a few of the butterflies I had found while on vacation in BC back in the summer of 2011. It has all north american species and range maps which has me planning which butterflies I might try to find while traveling to Florida or Oregon this upcoming year. For example I realized that a Little Metalmark can be found in Southwest Florida.

Newly discovered western butterflies as the result of my new field guide: are this Lorquin's Admiral and Variable Checkerspot (which I had previously identified as a Northern Checkerspot).

Lorquin's Admiral

Northern Variable Checkerspot

Of course, Kaufman's Butterfly Field Guide is great but its not my only field guide. I bought this more local publication two years ago for about $10. I've had this for a year or two and this little coil-bound book has served me well!

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  1. Dwayne, you always have such informative posts! I've got to get me a butterfly book one of these days so thanks for the the info on options.

  2. I have been using the Kaufmann for several years and like it. Although I can ID most butterflies, it comes in handy!

  3. Good luck with your 2014 goals. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your pics.

  4. Southfield, thanks or the comments. Thanks for reading nerdy for birdy!



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