Here are some resources that we think you'll find valuable.
Butterfly Books Specific to Alabama
Howell, W. Mike and Vitaly Charny, Butterflies of Alabama, Pearson Learning Solutions, 2010.
Ogard, Paulette and Sara Bright, Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses into Their Lives, The University of Alabama Press, 2010.
Recommended Butterfly Books
- Allen, T. J. The Butterflies of West Virginia and Their Caterpillars. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997.
- Allen, Thomas J., Jim Brock, and Jeffrey Glassberg. Caterpillars in the Field and Garden: A Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005
- Belth, Jeffrey E., Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide, Indiana University Press, 2012.
- Brock, Jim P., and Kenn Kaufman. Butterflies of North America (Kaufman Field Guides). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003.
- Cech, Rick, and Guy Tudor. Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005.
- Comstock, John Henry, and Anna Botsford Comstock. How to Know the Butterflies. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1913.
- Daniels, Jaret C. Butterflies of the Carolinas: Field Guide. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications, Inc., 2003.
- Daniels, Jaret C. Butterflies of Florida: Field Guide. Cambridge, MN: Adventure Publications, Inc., 2003.
- Emmel, Thomas C. Florida’s Fabulous Butterflies. Tampa: World Publications, 1997.
- Feltwell, John. The Natural History of Butterflies. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1986.
- Glassberg, Jeffrey. Butterflies through Binoculars: The East (Butterflies through Binoculars Series). New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.
- Glassberg, Jeffrey, Marc C. Minno, and John V. Calhoun. Butterflies through Binoculars: A Field, Finding, and Gardening Guide to Butterflies in Florida (Butterflies through Binoculars Field Guide Series). New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
- Glassberg, Jeffrey. A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of North America, Sunstreak Press, 2012
- Harris, Lucien, Jr. Butterflies of Georgia. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1972.
- Holland, W. J. The Butterfly Book. New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1898.
- Howe, William. The Butterflies of North America, Doubleday, 1975
- Klots, Alexander B. A Field Guide to the Butterflies: North America East of the Great Plains (Peterson Field Guide Series). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1951.
- James, David G., and David Nunnallee, Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies, Corvallis, Oregon State University Press
- Miller, Jeffrey C., Daniel H. Janzen, and Winifred Hallwachs. 100 Butterflies and Moths. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007.
- Minno, Marc C., Jerry F. Butler, and Donald W. Hall. Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2005.
- Monroe, James L., and David Wright. Butterflies of Pennsyvania: A Field Guide. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.
- O’Donnell, Jane E., Lawrence F. Gall, and David L. Wagner, eds. The Connecticut Butterfly Atlas. Hartford, Conn.: State Geological and Natural History Survey, 2007.
- Opler, Paul O., and George O. Krizek. Butterflies: East of the Great Plains. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1984.
- Opler, Paul O., and Vichai Malikul. A Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies (Peterson Field Guide Series). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.
- Pelham, J.P. A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada, Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, 2008
- Schappert, Phil. A World for Butterflies: Their Lives, Behaviour, and Future. Buffalo: Firefly Books, 2000.
- Scott, J. A. The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1986.
- Scriber, J. Mark, Yoshitaka Tsubaki, and Robert C. Lederhouse, eds. Swallowtail Butterflies: Their Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Gainesville, Fla.: Scientific Publishers, 1995.
- Scudder, Samuel Hubbard. Everyday Butterflies: A Group of Biographies. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1899.
- Sharman, Apt Russell. An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Love Affair with a Singular Insect, Basic Books, 2004
- Shull, Ernest M. The Butterflies of Indiana, Indiana Academy of Science, 1987.
- Schweitzer, Dale F., Marc C. Minno, and David L. Wagner, Rare declining, and poorly known butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) of forests and woodlands in the Eastern United States, Morgantown, WV: U.S. Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. 2011.
- Tveten, John, and Gloria Tveten. Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.
- Tyler, Hamilton A. Swallowtail Butterflies of North America. Healdsburg, Calif.: Naturegraph Publishers, 1975.
- Venable, Rita. Butterflies of Tennessee: Field and Garden, Maywood Publishing, 2014
- Wagner, David L., Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, and Michael L. McManus, Caterpillars of Eastern Forest, US Dept of Agriculture, University of Conneticut. (This excellent guide can be downloaded free via this link)
- Wagner, David L. Caterpillars of Eastern North America : A Guide to Identification and Natural History (Princeton Field Guides). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005.
Butterfly Books For Children
- Bartlett,Amy. Peterson First Guide to Caterpillars of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998.
- Burris, Judy and Wayne Richards. The Life Cycles of Butterflies. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2006
- Datnow, Claire. The Adventures of the Sizzling Six: Monarch Mysteries. Birmingham: Media Mint Publishing, 2014.
- Forey, Pamela and Cecilia Fitzsimons. An Instant Guide to Butterflies. Avenal, New Jersey: Crescent Books, 1987.
- Lutman, Loretta. The Ugly Caterpillar: A True Story. The Butterfly Place, 2010.
- Mitchell, Robert T. and Herbert S. Zim. Butterflies and Moths: A Guide to the More Common American Species (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press). New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2002.
- Opler, Paul. Peterson First Guide to Butterflies and Moths. 2nd ed., Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998.
- Barger, Wayne T., and Brian Holt. "Photodocumentation of Erora Laeta Early Hairstreak (Lycaenidae) in Jackson County, AL." The Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 85.1 (2014): 37-39. (Describes and documents a sighting of Early Hairstreak at the Walls of Jericho in 2014)
- Bright, Sara, Vitaly Charny, Mike Howell and Paulette Ogard. " Butterflies: New Records for Alabama." The Journal of the Alabama Academy of Science 84.1 (2013):37-42.
- Calhoun, John. "Long-lost holotypes and other forgotten treasures in the Ralph L. Chermock collection, with biographical notes." News of the Lepidopterists' Society 57. 2 (2015): 80-85.
- Charny, Vitaly, Paulette Ogard and Sara Bright. "Swamp Metalmarks (Calephelis muticum) found in Alabama." News of the Lepidopterists' Society 54.2 (2012); 44-45. (First documentation of Swamp Metalmark in Alabama as well as life history documentation)
- Charny, Vitaly. "Aberrations in Alabama Butterflies." Southern Lepidopterists' News 40.2 (2018): 84-86.
- Grisham, Howard. "Hooked at Davis Cove." Southern Lepidopterists' News 26.2 (2004):34. (Describes an encounter with Early Hairstreak in Jackson County, 2004)
- Ogard, Paulette Haywood and Sara Bright. "Gorgone Checkerspots in Georgia." Southern Lepidopterists' News 33.2 (2011):74-76. (Detailed desription of Gorgone Checkerspot life history in nearby Georgia)
- Ogard, Paulette Haywood and Sara Bright. "Gorgone Checkerspots in Georgia Revisited." Southern Lepidopterists' News 33.4 (2011):156. (Additional information about Gorgone Checkerspot life history in Georgia)
- Ogard, Paulette Haywood and Sara Bright. "Visiting with Mitchell's Satyrs in Alabama. American Butterflies 17.4 (2009): 4-15. (Mitchell's Satyr life history explored)
- Ogard, Paulette and Sara Bright. "Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses into Their Lives Given to Schools." Southern Lepidopterists' News 36.4 (2014):177.
- Ogard, Paulette Haywood and Sara Bright. "Dangers of Lepping: The One Billy Goat Gruff." Southern Lepidopterists' News 31.1 (2009):15. (Humerous encounter with Checkered White in north Alabama)
- Ogard, Paulette Haywood and Sara Bright. "Searching for Hessel's Hairstreaks in Alabama." Southern Lepidopterists' News 35.2 (2013) 61-64. (Describes discovery of Hessel's Hairstreak in Alabama as well as life history documentation)
- Pavulaan,H and D. M. Wright. "Pterourus appalachiensis (Papilionidae: Papilioninae), a new swallowtail butterfly from the Appalachian region of the United States. "The Taxonomic Report of the International Lepidoptera Survey 3.7 (2002): 1-20. (The first article describing Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail.)
- Pavulaan,H and D. M. Wright. "Discovery of a black female form of Pterourus appalachiensis (Papilionidae: Papilioninae) and additional observations of the species in West Virginia." The Taxonomic Report of the International Lepidoptera Survey. 6.1 (2004):1-10. (Additional life history information about Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail)
- "Two New Species of Butterfly Accidentally Found in Eastern USA." Entomology Today February 21, 2014. (Article describing new cryptic species, Intricate Satyr)
- The Common Butterflies of Alabama poster includes photographs of 50 butterfly species labelled with their common and scientific names. It was produced by Legacy: Partners in Environmental Education in 2009 and is a wonderful FREE resource! To order, visit the Legacy website at: http://legacyenved.org/product/common-butterflies-of-alabama/.
Native Butterfly Houses
- The Purdy Butterfly House at Huntsville Botanical Garden provides opportunities to closely encounter native Alabama butterflies in a setting that also includes frogs, tadpoles, and quail. The 6,000 square foot structure is open May-September. http://hsvbg.org/event/purdy-butterfly-house/