"Recommended pick. A delightful tour, with some extraordinary footage of the Monarch's lifecycle."
Christian Science Monitor
"Two videos in one, both of which could stand on their own merits! Common butterflies introduce the viewer to the wonders of butterfly watching. Fantastic video of the endangered species in the field is as close as most of us will ever come to seeing these rarities. Inspiring."
John Shuey, Ph.D., The Nature Conservancy
"Beautifully filmed, close up and distant shots capture butterflies in fields, gardens and other natural habitats. The fascinating endangered and threatened section introduces numerous endangered butterfly species, all captured in live action footage."
American Library Association Booklist
"Beautiful close-ups of 75 of North America's most common and 21 rare, endangered and threatened butterflies in a 2 1/2 -hour, thorough narrative."
The Washington Post
"Pure catnip for lepidopterists. Combines informative narration, gorgeous footage, and area maps. A sure bet for nature enthusiasts that will help them to identify the many fascinating species across North America. Highly recommended."
"Easily searchable, helps us connect to the natural world."
"Gorgeously produced video offers lots of fine footage of beautiful butterflies. This program has greener appeal than previous ones."
"Beautiful photography and lovely music. Invaluable for those who enjoy observing butterflies."
Home Video Magazine
There are 21 butterflies listed by the U.S. government as "endangered," which means that they are in immediate danger of extinction. But you can see live video footage of 20 of these rare butterflies (plus four others that are listed as threatened or are candidates for listing) in their natural habitats in the Endangered section of the Audubon VideoGuide to Butterflies, and learn about their lifecycles, why they're endangered, and their individual recovery plans.
The VideoGuide also contains beautiful live footage and informative information about scores of the common butterflies that are found in fields and gardens all across North America. With a section on the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly, including footage from its overwintering home in Michoacan, Mexico.
From local butterflies that give so much pleasure to everyone, to the rarest of butterflies--few of which are ever seen by the general public, the Audubon VideoGuide is a beautiful and accessible way to learn about our environment and the natural world and appreciate these lovely animals. Written by Paul Opler, author of the Peterson Field Guides to Butterflies, and Jim Ebner, who traveled the country for many years to shoot the video footage of the endangered and threatened butterflies.
Audubon VideoGuide to Butterflies Common and Endangered
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TABLE OF CONTENTS: Audubon Butterfly VideoGuide
"An engrossing story about the life cycles of butterflies. It's an action movie of what makes butterflies so magical, and it offers ways you can make them a part of your garden. The butterflies' variety of colors and patterns is breathtaking. This two-hour, 30-minute DVD is an excellent learning tool for children and adults."
"Fascinating and memorable. TV-addicted children might get hooked on butterflies by watching."
New York Times
"Stunning footage, soothing narration and lovely background music. An extraordinary duo."
American Library Association Booklist
"Butterflies come into their own with these two great videos."
San Jose Mercury News
Audubon Butterfly DVD Essentials for Beginners and Gardeners has everything the budding lepidopterist needs to begin identifying the common butterflies found across the United States. Included is an easy-to-understand introduction to butterfly biology, butterfly lifecycles and behavior, as well as identification sections on 30 of our most common species. Each butterfly species has its own favorite foods and habitat which can help attract them to your backyard garden. Essentials contains all the information you'll need to turn your garden into a butterfly paradise, plus in depth looks at 25 favorite butterfly plants and many of the butterflies they attract. Essentials for Beginners and Gardeners was written by Paul A. Opler, author of the Peterson Field Guides to Eastern and Western Butterflies, and director Jim Ebner.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Audubon Butterfly Essentials