A great organization which is working to protect ecologically important lands and
waters around the world is the Nature Conservancy.
The National Audubon Society’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems,
focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity
and the earths biological diversity.
Butterflies of America is a web-base interactive list of all species, subspecies
and distinctive undescribed segragates known to the authors to occur on the North
American continent, from Alaska through Panama, Hawaii and Caribbean islands.
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is a nonprofit organization that
protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established
in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing
the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation
A wonderful website that is packed with tons of great information and tutorials about
all aspects of raising butterflies is Raising Butterflies. Their website is an encyclopedia
of knowledge designed both to help beginners understand the basics and to encourage
seasoned veterans to collaborate the specifics of raising butterflies from Western
North America and beyond.
A great butterfly educational website is Learn About Butterflies. It’s packed with
stunning photography and information about many species from around the world.
From our home state of Oklahoma a great butterfly group administered under the Tulsa
Audubon Society can be found here. From there you can proceed to the Okleps Yahoo
Discussion Group or click here to go there directly. Also, if you track county records
within Oklahoma, John Nelson and John Fisher track this in a great spreadsheet here.
One of the best suppliers of native plants, for both nectar and butterfly larvae,
for the state of Oklahoma is Marilyn Stewart. Her website is Wild Things Nursery.
A great supplier of entomological supplies including nets, spreading boards, pins,
etc. Is BioQuip.
Books we actually use:
The Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America is easy-to-use and fits right
in your pack. It includes all species of butterflies found north of the Mexico border
right up through the Arctic Circle. Most southern Mexican/Caribbean rarities are
also included. Each species treatment includes digitally manipulated images of male,
female, dorsal, and ventral views including seasonal or subspecies variations, a
range map and information on flight period, number of broods, larval food sources,
scientific and common name and more. Bryan treats this as his wish-list for U.S.
species he wants on film and puts a red X next to each species he’s photographed.
As far as we are concerned, this is the best identification guide for North American
butterflies. Order it here.
Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide is a great book loaded with great
in-nature pictures of all of the butterflies found from Florida to Maine. Each species
account is loaded with current scientific information and includes identification,
habitat, hostplants, occurrence and ecology. Order it here.
Butterflies of North Dakota is an updated second edition book that covers all the
state’s butterflies. Each of the state’s 148 recorded species is given a separate
page, complete with multiple color images of North Dakota phenotypes plus text entries
on identification, larval hosts, flight times, life history references, geographic
distribution and map showing each county of occurrence. Has introductory sections
on the family to which the included species belong plus living examples within their
habitats. Order it here.
Butterfly is a visual treat. From a butterfly’s first struggle to free itself from
the chrysalis and take flight, to the life-and-death dramas of courtship, reproduction,
protection and defense, Thomas Marent’s outstanding photography is a celebration
of these remarkable creatures and a extraordinary portrait of some of the 165,000
species spread over almost every region of the world. Accompanying more than 500 photographs
of butterflies and moths, Thomas shares his personal experiences of studying these
insects in their natural habitats, resulting in a book that will open your eyes to
the wonders of life on the wing. Order it here.
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and international copyright laws. Photographs, artwork or text on this website may
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A great pair of 8X32 butterfly binoculars can be found at Eagle Optics.
Caterpillars of Eastern North America is a wonderful reference for identifying most
of the caterpillars of Eastern North America. It’s loaded with tack-sharp photos
and information including recognition, occurrence, common foodplants, and remarks.
If you’re serious about caterpillars, this book needs to be in your home library.