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Butterflies of New Jersey
A guide to their status, distribution, conservation and appreciation. By Michael Gochfeld and Joanna Burger
Butterflies of New JerseyA guide to their status, distribution, conservation and appreciation. By Michael Gochfeld and Joanna Burger
ISBN = 0 8135 2355 9 Hbk
ISBN = 0 8135 2340 0 Pbk
Price = $55.00 Hbk
Price = $20.00 Pbk
Published = 1997
Review written = 23/August/1997
17 B/W Illustrations
Butterfly watching is in, at least that is what several American books have told me recently, so I suspect it is in, at least in America. It has been 'in' for some time in the UK, home of 'Butterfly Conservation' and the BRS and if that wasn't enough to convince you that butterflies are sexy then consider that the first two issues of the new international 'Journal of Insect Conservation' have been devoted entirely to lepidoptera. Still this is no bad thing, butterflies are ensigns for the insect world and anything that improves their popularity is a boon gained for insect conservation.
This is not a field guide. It is however rather reminiscent of the traditional British County lists with which I am more familiar. It differs in that it deals with fewer species but in far greater detail, as British county lists tend to include moths as well in an attempt to compensate for the fact that we only have 52 resident butterfly species in the whole country.
Discussing over 140 species this book gives the sort of detailed information on distribution past and present which is essential in the modern world. As such it will be of immense value to both conservationists and ecologists in general as well as to amateur and professional lepidopterists. Most species have between 2 thirds of a page to a page of space dedicated to them, meaning that a lot of information is presented.
The value of this book is also greatly enhanced by a 119 page introduction to New Jersey and its butterflies. It also includes a photocopiable checklist and recording form, an impressive 15 page bibliography, a 'Subject and Locality' and a 'Taxonomic Name' index which includes both scientific and common names
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