The California Tortoiseshell, West Coast Lady, Red Admiral, and Golden Oak Hairstreak are just a few of the many butterfly species found in the floristically rich San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley regions. This guide, written for both beginning and experienced butterfly watchers by one of the nation’s best-known professional lepidopterists, provides thorough, up-to-date information on all of the butterfly species found in this diverse and accessible region. Written in lively prose, it discusses the natural history and conservation status for these butterflies and at the same time provides an integrated view of butterfly biology based on studies conducted in northern California and around the world. Compact enough for use in the field, the guide also includes tips on butterfly watching, photography, gardening, and more.
* Discusses and identifies more than 130 species
* Species accounts include information on identifying butterflies through behavior, markings, and host plants
* Beautiful full-color plates illustrate top and bottom views of wings for easier identification
* Includes a species checklist and a glossary
Arthur M. Shapiro is Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the Center for Population Biology at the University of California, Davis. Tim D. Manolis is an artist, illustrator, and biological consultant and author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of California (UC Press).
“Shaprio’s words of butterfly wisdom will boost your chances of getting these four-winged wonders to stick around.”
— Sacramento Magazine
“Essential for those who would like to identify butterflies and not make the mistake of calling every orange butterfly a monarch.”
— Placerville Mountain Democrat