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Butterflies of the East Coast:
An Observer's Guide
Rick Cech & Guy Tudor

Winner of the 2005 Best Butterfly Book to Date, Worldtwitch

Paperback | 2005 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691090566
Hardcover | 2005 | This edition is out of print | ISBN: 9780691090559


Here is an accessible, informative, and highly illustrated book that offers a fresh view of butterflies in the East Coast states, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Appalachians. In addition to providing a wealth of facts and photos, the book is the first to furnish detailed and up-to-date photo-illustrated information on the host plants favored by particular species. With 234 full-page species accounts and accompanying range maps, plus more than 950 large-size color photos, it is an essential reference work for field observers, gardeners, educators, and conservation managers--or anyone interested in appreciating the lepidopteran world close at hand.

The introductory chapters detail the subtle ecology of the East Coast region, establishing a consistent ecological framework that enriches the individual species accounts. There is also an overview of current scientific literature and observational findings to help readers better interpret complex butterfly behaviors in the field, including seasonal movements, host plant and diapause strategies, defensive chemistry, and more.

The book is written by Rick Cech, a seasoned field observer who has spent years studying and photographing East Coast butterflies. His substantial first-hand experience with both the common and rare species in the region adds much depth and new insight to the commentary.

  • 234 full-page species accounts and accompanying range maps
  • 950 large-size color photos
  • 215 photos of individual host plants and habitats
  • 735 high-quality photos of butterflies and caterpillars
  • Introductory chapters detailing the subtle ecology of the East Coast region
  • An overview of current scientific literature and observational findings
  • Descriptions of diapause and host plant strategies and defensive chemistry
  • User-friendly with clear, concise text


"This book is not intended to be a field guide that you can tuck in your back pocket. But it is easy to use if not to carry, and its girth allows it to be wonderfully comprehensive."--Scientific American

"Over the last 15 years, butterflies have also developed a new fan base among adult bird watchers [who] . . . soon demanded butterfly field guides in color with range maps and standardized names, like the classic birding guides. . . . The most beautiful and in-depth new book isButterflies of the East Coast: An Observers Guide by Rich Cech and Guy Tudor."--Carol Stocker, Boston Globe

"This volume is one of the best books on American natural history to appear in recent years. . . . [H]ere we have a single volume that will go a long way toward educating older students and adults. It needs to be read."--American Butterflies

"This is an outstanding resource that belongs in every naturalis''s library."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

"A recently published book by Rick Cech and Guy Tudor called Butterflies of the East Coast is a magnificent addition to the butterfly literature. This book will increase the skill and enthusiasm of all butterfly observers. What a labor of love this book is! All of the butterflies along the Eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida, are covered. . . . The identification sections are particularly notable to me. I think the descriptions are more useful than the descriptions in any of the other field guides on North American butterflies. Cech and Tudor's descriptions are wonderfully clear, with an economy of words."--Herb Wilson, Maine Today

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