Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies

KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OHJanuary 24, 2012

Found another new book. Decided to see what BioQuip's specials were this month and saw this on their home page. According to Amazon, it came out October 1st. It is by David G. James and David Nunnallee. Covers butterflies in southern British Columbia, Washington, northern Idaho, and northern Oregon. Forward is by Robert Michael Pyle, who also wrote a book on the same subject with David Nunnallee.


Here is a link that might be useful: WSU Entomologist Coauthors New Book on Life Histories of Pacific Northwest Butterflies

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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

This is an interview with David G. James about the book.

I'd like to see a California Sister caterpillar in action. Fangs?! Constructs a platform from its own frass?! I need video! I found none on YouTube. :(

Here is a link that might be useful: EarthFix Conversations: Photographing the Northwest's Butterflies

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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)


Very interesting. Seems like Larry and I corresponded about this book. He didn't know the people who wrote it. I hope to spend more time in the Cascadia area this summer if possible. Getting there at just the right time is the biggie.

Caterpillar fangs? Platform from frass? This definitely needs to be shown in photos. The Painted Lady larva fills its nest full of frass, and other larvae propel the frass as far from the feeding area as possible.

Thanks for sharing.


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"Cascadia" is dominated by fritillaries in summer. The best viewing is at meadows, ridgelines, and prominences in August, where there is more variety than just the roadside fritillary.

Cascadia is more properly everything from Lassen in California to Garibaldi in BC, and that is the scope of the Pyle book.

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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

As I've said in other threads, I'm trying to avoid buying thick paperback books. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find this book in hardcover. So I tried getting a library copy to see what type of copy they are using but I failed. No one close to me has a copy and I can get one shipped to me only if I can show I'm doing qualified research (which I cannot). So I went to plan C and contacted the publisher. They said it is available only in paperback. :( Guess I will break down, buy it in paperback, and treat it gently.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 9:50PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

I see I never posted here what I thought of the book. I love it. Book has pictures of each instar. Authors explain what they went through to get eggs and raise each butterfly. An awesome piece of work.

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    Bookmark   November 21, 2014 at 3:12PM
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