Book Review: Butterfly Photographer’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Reference for Nature Photographers by William B. Folsom

As I said in an earlier post, I’ve read a few really good books on butterfly and macro photography lately.  Butterfly Photographer’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Reference for Nature Photographers by William B. Folsom is one of those. The book is essentially broken into two parts; a field guide and photography handbook.  Folsom provides an in-depth overview of the lives and habitat of butterflies in the first section.  The second section is all about the photography and specifically how it applies to imaging butterflies. While the book is probably ready for an update now that we all shoot digital, it is truly a great resource for the butterfly photographer.  I rate it 5 stars. GW

Book Review: Moths by Michael Majerus

I just purchased this book for the Kindle Fire and so far it is a great read. Although Majerus lives in the UK, the book is totally appropriate for anyone studying moths anywhere. Below is some information from Amazon about the book. Book Description Series: Collins New Naturalist | Publication Date: February 1, 2002 Another volume in the “New Naturalist” series, this book is a comprehensive account of the diverse natural history of these fascinating and popular insects. Michael Majerus, author of the “New Naturalist” book “Ladybirds”, examines all aspects of moths, from their life histories to their role as pests to humans. He covers their reproduction, feeding, evolution, habitats and conservation. The book also discusses the enemies of moths, … Continue reading

Book Review: Basic Techniques for Observing and Studying Moths and Butterflies by William D. Winter Jr.

Basic Techniques for Observing and Studying Moths and Butterflies by William D. Winter Jr. is normally referred to as the “Techniques” book.  This 446 page manual considered by most Lepidopterists to be the bible of techniques is available from the Lepidopterists’ Society.  I consider it a must have, and after reading all the recomendations in lepidoptera forums, was the first book I purchased when I decided to get back into the study of lepidoptera. Whether you are an experienced avocational or professional Lepidopterist or a rank beginner like me returning after many years, you need this book.  Observational methods, photography, collection, record keeping and rearing are all covered.  The book sells for $29.00 to members of the society or $44.00 to non-members. … Continue reading