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Guide to the Butterflies of Russia
and Adjacent Territories, Volume 2
Libytheidae, Danaidae, Nymphalidae, Riodinidae, Lycaenidae
Edited by V. K. Tuzov, et al
580 pages, illustrated, 9 x 11 3/4"
A unique, long-needed, full-color edition devoted to a relatively popular, guide-like assessment of four most beautiful butterfly families in the scope of the fauna of the entire former Soviet Union (FSU). A historical review is provided of lepidopterological research and of some of its key figures in Russia, dating back to the early 18th century. Altogether, over 400 butterfly species or subspecies, including four Central Asian species new to science, are documented from the FSU, each supplied with a brief account of its taxonomy, status, ecology, biology, variability, and distribution. Virtually each taxon is illustrated by 1:1 color photographs of the male and female both from upper side and beneath, with several old and new type specimens involved. In the cases of sibling/similar forms, their genital distinguishing characters are depicted as well. Based on butterfly distribution patterns, a general zoogeographical division of the FSU is proposed. In addition, several dozen beautiful photographs display a number of habitats/landscapes supporting some most interesting/picturesque butterflies in the FSU. Destined for professional and amateur entomologists, all lovers of butterflies and Nature.
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