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January 2019


If you are new to butterfly watching, this is the book for you! It covers 25 of the most commonly encountered butterflies in the Midwestern U.S. Learning these common species will give you a great start in your discovery of the more than 100 butterfly species in our region, many of which look very similar to those included in this guide.


This guide, created with the support of Eastern Illinois University, is a critical educational component of the Urban Butterfly Initiative (urbanbutterflies.org), a community-service organization that works to integrate butterfly habitat into public and private green spaces in cities.