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History of butterfly studies in North America – with a brief review of the history of butterfly study in Europe and the evolution of butterfly books and field guides
The history of the “amateur naturalist” will be briefly addressed with an emphasis on how the tradition migrated to the New World. The evolution of the “lay scientist” as exemplified by butterfly study will be documented with commentary on the personalities of those who contributed. The various “butterfly books” and the eventual production of field guides will be discussed.