The Complete Field Guide to the Butterflies of Australia Edition 2

June 2016
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    8th June 2016
  • ISBN 9781486301003
  • Language English
  • Pages 400 pp.
  • Size 5.75" x 8.5"
  • Images color photos, maps & illus

As biologically fascinating as they are beautiful, butterflies are a pleasure to watch and an important group of invertebrates to study. This second edition of the award-winning book The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia is a fully updated guide to all butterfly species on Australia's mainland and remote islands.

Written by one of Australia's leading lepidopterists, the book is stunningly illustrated with color photographs, many of which are new, of each of the 435 currently recognized species. There is also a distribution map and flight chart for each species on the Australian mainland, together with information on similar species, variation, behavior, habitat, status and larval food plants.

The introduction to the book covers adult structure, higher classification, distribution and habitats, as well as life cycle and behavior. A new chapter on collecting and preserving butterflies is included. There is also an updated checklist of all species, a glossary, a bibliography and indexes of common and scientific names.

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition

1) Adult structure
2) Higher classification
3) Distribution and habitats
4) Life cycle and behaviour
5) How to use this book
6) How to identify Australian butterflies
7) Collecting and preserving butterflies
8) Swallowtails Family Papilionidae
9) Skippers Family Hesperiidae
10) Whites and Yellows Family Pieridae
11) Nymphs Family Nymphalidae
12) Metalmarks Family Riodinidae
13) Blues Family Lycaenidae
14) Remote island species
15) Checklist of Australian butterflies
Index to Common Names
Index to Scientific Names
Further information

Michael F. Braby

Michael F. Braby has been collecting and studying Australian butterflies for more than 35 years. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University and Chief Editor of Austral Entomology. He is particularly interested in the conservation, systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, biology and ecology of diurnal Lepidoptera and has published extensively in the field.