California Butterflies & Pollinators: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species

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by James Kavanagh, 2020. Folding pocket guide, 12 panels.

With its warm climate, California is home to an ever-rotating cast of flowers, which attract some truly dazzling butterflies. Throughout the year, even casual observers can regularly see Pipevine Swallowtails, California Dogfaces, California Sisters, and Monarchs―and it's not just butterflies making regular visits to flowers. The Golden State is packed with great places for observing bats, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, flies, and beetles. This diverse assortment of animals collectively plays essential ecological roles while supporting the production of staple food crops for humans. Learning about pollinators and the fascinating lives they lead is endlessly enriching.

Given the remarkable diversity of species, it's handy to have quick access to a portable reference. This beautifully illustrated resource features over 100 common and familiar species as well as a back-panel map showing top pollinator-viewing hotspots and learning sites. Laminated for durability, this lightweight, 12-panel folding pocket guide is the perfect companion for educators, learners, naturalists, and gardeners who wish to learn more about the pollinators they are most likely to encounter in California. Made in the USA.

About the Author

Zoologist James Kavanagh has made a career out of introducing novices to plants, animals, the sciences and world cultures. In addition to creating over 500 simplified nature guides, he has also authored guides to languages, cities and outdoor skills. An avid traveler and backpacker, Kavanagh’s path has taken him around the world to many remote destinations including the upper Amazon, Africa, Australia and the Arctic Circle (and this is just the As). He is also the author of a series of state-specific guides to common species and natural attractions and a children's book on evolution.