Butterflies of Kentucky

The Bluegrass State has a variety of regions to explore for butterflies, including the Cumberland Mountain area, Blue Grass section, Shawnee Hills, Central Hill and Valley area, and lowlands along the Mississippi River in the west. Nearly 150 kinds of butterflies have been reported from Kentucky. The resident butterflies are primarily eastern species, but some southern and northern species are also represented.

Beautifully illustrated are 59 species of true butterflies and 25 species of skippers, and their caterpillars. 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 Gulf Fritillary is illustrated.

Featured are familiar butterflies such as the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Red Admiral, Mourning Cloak, Monarch, Silver-spotted Skipper and less well-known species such as the Falcate Orangetip, Olympia Marble, Harvester, and Baltimore Checkerspot. Kentucky’s State butterfly, the Viceroy, is also shown.

Teachers, students, and nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy using this guide.

ISBN: 978-1-943334-99-5

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