Butterflies of Indiana

Butterflies of Indiana

A Field Guide
Jeffrey E. Belth
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Format: Paperback 854 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00955-5
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Winner, 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards, Nature Guidebooks category

This field guide to Indiana’s rich butterfly fauna covers all 149 species of butterflies and their close relatives, the skippers. Over 500 color photographs illustrate the undersides and uppersides of most species and highlight the variations found among them, both seasonally and between males and females. For beginners and experts, Butterflies of Indiana also offers an introduction to the natural history of butterflies. The simple and intuitive design of this guide and its wealth of features make it a faithful companion for butterfly watchers, collectors, gardeners, birders, and naturalists.

Author Bio

Jeffrey E. Belth, a lifelong lover of butterflies and entomology, has been photographing butterflies in Indiana for 25 years.


“This unique effort is the most complete guide to butterfly watching I've ever seen—with visual identification keys that a true novice can follow, supplemented with accurate status updates, distribution maps and abundance and seasonal graphs. If these were all it included, it would be an admirable accomplishment—but there are another 150 pages devoted to butterfly life history, habitats, conservation, habitat management, gardening, photography, collecting, watching and more. This is the complete guide to the appreciation of Indiana’s butterflies.”
 — John Shuey, Director of Conservation Science, Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and past president of th

“My excitement about our state’s butterflies jumped several notches after reading the superbly illustrated Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide. It is a must-have book for anyone interested in these jewels of the insect world.”
 — Michael A. Homoya, author of Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests: A Field Guide

“[T]his is unquestionably the finest local butterfly field guide ever produced. . . . In summary, I would suggest this field guide to everyone who has an interest in North American butterflies. Although it treats only the fauna of Indiana, its significance extends well beyond the boundaries of that state. If I were to write my dream field guide, it would surely resemble Butterflies of Indiana. ”
 — News of the Lepidopterists' Society

“In this field guide to Indiana’s rich butterfly fauna, over 500 color photographs illustrate the remarkable details of 149 species and their history. This faithful companion is imperative for butterfly watchers, collectors, gardeners, birders, and naturalists.”

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