Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa

Penguin Random House South Africa
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Designed for easy identification in the field, Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa features all of South Africa’s more than 660 butterfly species. Species entries provide details of identification plus a brief account of habits, flight periods, broods, typical habitat, distribution and larval food source. Full-colour photographs of male and female forms – where they differ – and of upper- and undersides (wherever possible) occur on pages facing the species entries, and a simple numbering system between text and images ensures clarity and ease of use. The detailed introductory section discusses butterfly biology, taxonomy, classification and naming, anatomy and behaviour. Features of the guide are: Colour photographs, mostly of live specimens taken in their habitat Quick reference to butterfly groups on the inside front cover Colour-coding at subfamily level Distribution maps for all species entries.
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Penguin Random House South Africa
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Published on
Jul 5, 2012
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Pages
440
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ISBN
9781920544812
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Butterflies & Moths
Nature / General
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
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Butterflies of British Columbia provides butterfly watchers, naturalists, and biologists with an overview of the fascinating butterfly fauna of B.C. and adjacent areas. It can be used by naturalists to identify all the butterfly species and subspecies in B.C. and adjacent areas and includes a wide range of information about both butterflies in general and individual species. There is also much original information in the book that scientists will find invaluable, especially the description of 11 new subspecies and a complete reassessment of the taxonomy of the species.

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