Butterflies of Illinois: The Prairie State has many interesting natural communities to explore, including rich hardwood forests, prairies, old fields, fens, bogs, marshes, swamps, and, along the shore of Lake Michigan, dune habitats. The butterflies of Illinois are a mix of southern, midwestern, and northern species. A total of 101 species of butterflies and 59 species of their close relatives, the skippers, have been found in the state.
Beautifully illustrated are 58 species of butterflies and 26 species of skippers, and their caterpillars, found in Illinois. Ideal for the field, this folding, waterproof guide features color photos of the butterflies and caterpillars in a side-by-side format. Common and scientific names, adult size, season when they can be found, and their caterpillar host plants are listed. Tips on finding butterflies and caterpillars are given and the life cycle of the Pipevine Swallowtail is illustrated.
Featured are some familiar butterflies such as the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Red Admiral, Mourning Cloak, and Monarch, as well as less well-known species such as the Falcate Orangetip, Olympia Marble, Harvester, and Baltimore Checkerspot.
Nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy using this guide.
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Marc C. Minno has studied the ecology, systematics, and biogeography of butterflies and moths for much of his life.
He received a B.S. degree in entomology from Purdue University, a M.S. degree in entomology from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida.
He currently works as an ecologist for Eco-Cognizant, Inc., a home based consulting firm operated by spouse Maria Minno.
Since moving to Florida in 1982, Marc and Maria Minno have worked toward conserving the state’s rare, unique, and imperiled plants and animals.
Recently, he has been monitoring imperiled butterflies in the Florida Keys and southern areas of the state.
Marc frequently gives presentations and workshops on butterflies to local chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society, North American Butterfly Association, Audubon Society, and other conservation groups.
He is a past president of the Southern Lepidopterists’ Society and in 1999 received the John Abbott Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in expanding knowledge of Lepidoptera.
Marc is a research associate with the McGuire Center at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, which contains the largest butterfly and moth research facility in the world.