Butterflies of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia

A Field Guide

By Harry E. LeGrand Jr., Jeffrey S. Pippen, Derb Carter, Jr., Pierre Howard

456 pp., 6 x 9, 595 color plates, 185 maps, appends., bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7856-6
    Published: June 2024
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-7857-3
    Published: April 2024

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Few creatures are as enchanting and magnificent as the butterfly. This field guide introduces more than 200 butterfly species found in the Southeast, complete with color photographs that not only identify them but also reveal their unique beauty.

What’s included:

* Nearly 600 full-color images of butterflies in their natural habitats

* Information on structural and behavioral features, from antennae attributes to flight styles

* Maps for butterfly sightings at the county level in each state—North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia

* An overview of butterfly life cycles and classifications and information on diversity and more

Bursting with beautiful images of butterflies, this guide offers a comprehensive catalog of species, making it a must-have for experienced butterfly watchers and beginners alike.

About the Authors

Harry E. LeGrand Jr.is a former zoologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program.

For more information about Harry E. LeGrand Jr., visit the Author Page.

Jeffrey S. Pippen directs the Carolinas Butterfly Monitoring Program.

For more information about Jeffrey S. Pippen, visit the Author Page.

Derb S. Carter Jr. is senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center.

For more information about Derb Carter, Jr., visit the Author Page.

Pierre Howard is a published lepidopterist and nature photographer.

For more information about Pierre Howard, visit the Author Page.


"This book contains the timeliest field data for the region, which is crucial as butterfly populations shift due to climate and habitat changes. The detailed maps and high-quality photos are technical enough for experienced field observers and accessible enough for beginners. A very valuable regional field guide."—Rick Cech, author of Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide

"This is the first definitive guide to this species-rich area of the United States. The authors provide a wealth of much-needed current information on the lives and ranges of these species. An excellent addition to any nature enthusiast’s library."—Mike Chapman, regional coordinator for the North American Butterfly Association