Paper pub. date
November 2011
ISBN 9780870716263 (paperback)
7 x 10 inches, 448 pages.

Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies

David Nunnallee and David G. James
Foreword by Robert Michael Pyle

David G. James and David Nunnallee present the life histories of the entire butterfly fauna of a North American geographic region in exceptional and riveting detail for the first time in Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies.

Virtually all of the 158 butterfly species occurring in southern British Columbia, Washington, northern Idaho, and northern Oregon are included in the book. Color photographs of each stage of life—egg, every larval instar, pupa, adult—accompany information on the biology, ecology, and rearing of each species.

Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies will appeal to naturalists, hikers, amateur entomologists, butterfly gardeners, conservationists, students, and general readers of natural history. For scientists and dedicated lepidopterists, the book provides an unparalleled resource on the natural history of immature stages of butterflies in the Pacific Northwest—and beyond, as many of Cascadia’s butterflies occur in other parts of North America as well as Europe and Asia.

About the author

David Nunnallee has been studying butterflies in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years. Two hundred of his photographs are published in field guides, online, and in permanent public displays. He is cofounder of the Washington Butterfly Association and coauthor of The Butterflies of Cascadia.

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David G. James is associate professor of entomology at Washington State University. He has more than 650 publications, including 166 scientific papers, 30 of which address Lepidoptera.

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“Never before has a single volume contributed such an immense wealth of new information on North American butterflies...James and Nunnallee have literally given Lepidopterology in North America a brand-new start.”

—Dr. Andrew D. Warren, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, University of Florida


“The publication of James and Nunnallee, or ‘the Daves’ as we know them, is a matter for unreserved celebration, not only for lepidopterists and nature lovers of all stripes, but for anyone who cares about our butterflies’ lives, futures, conservation management, and the plants with which they have co-evolved.”

—Robert Michael Pyle, author of Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year

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