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Audubon Butterflies – A Field Guide to North American Butterflies

Product Features

  • In-depth descriptions of over 600 butterflies of North America
  • Includes detailed butterfly natural history
  • Over 2,000 beautiful color photographs detailing each species
  • Advanced search and browsing with multiple variables such as size, region, zip code, color, habitat, and more
  • Sync on demand to update your app’s database with any new species information

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3 Comments

  1. Ethan A. Winning "ewin64" says:

    Doesn’t Deliver On ITs Promise To Help You Identify the Butterfly This review could be for just about all of the Audubon (Green Mountain Digital) nature apps: If you knew the name of the butterfly (or tree or wildflower) that you were looking at or looking for, great! This App will give you a description, the region it’s found in, its habitats, its colors, and its sizes. The problem is, what I see is a gray butterfly that is about 1 inch across, living in grasslands, and I haven’t the foggiest idea what it is – and I have 3 books on this topic!There are over 60 species of butterflies on the mountain four miles from where I live. I can pick out the Common Ringlet, because for a change it is common. BUT, there are five subspecies like the Arizona Ringlet that live here, too. I know what a Sulphur is, but not all 7 Sulphurs. So, when I saw that you could look up a flower using a number of criteria, I said THIS is the App for me!Under “Advanced Search,” I put in the habitat as Shrublands and Grasslands, the color as silver,the region as California, and the size as 1-1.5 inches, and I figured that that should be sufficient to come up with the Common Ringlet. The fields are full of them!Nothing! the results said, “No matching results were found. Please try other criterions.” (And, btw, the plural of criterion is criteria.) So, I tried white and just grasslands, Same results or lack of results. I took out the habitat and just left white, California, and 1-1.5 inches: Zip, zilch, nada, nothing, bupkas.If you hear some frustration, you’ve got it right. I thought I had found the holy grail, and I guess I deserve to be disappointed. The concept of multiple criteria is marvelous; the execution is terrible.As I said in an email to Green Mountain Digital (they emailed back and said that I’d be getting a call, and I haven’t), “Don’t confuse effort with results,” and don’t promise what you haven’t proven you can deliver.It’s certainly not the price. It was the expectation that it would live up to its promises. I’m giving it 2 stars because it has some good information (like what you’d get in an abbreviated field guide) when you finally find something that you’re looking for. But there are days when it deserves 2 stars because butterflies need more than one photograph (some have 3 or 4, but many have 1 and lack the inside wing) for an ID. It doesn’t even have one of the most beautiful and prodigious butterflies in the West, the Lorquin’s Admiral.One would think that the Audubon Society which must have sanctioned this app would have come up with something that reflects positively on the Association. This isn’t it.EW

  2. Troy Packrat "Squeek!" says:

    Butterflies are self propelled flowers After receiving Audubon Birds as the Free App of the Day, I was impressed enough by it to purchase several of the other Audubon Field Guide apps.Like the Birds guide, there is so much information in the app it can be overwhelming if you try to browse through it like a printed guide book. And like the other Field Guide apps, this one has a search function to make it easier to identify a particular species, but in this app it is rather lacking. While the other Audubon apps have a dozen or more criteria you can search with, this app has only 5, shape, habitat, region, color and size. The shape criteria isn’t much help if you’re a novice, as there is no explanation as to the difference between, say, a Swallowtail and a Hairstreak. Searching by size is completely broken. I tried to search for a white and orange butterfly measuring 1-3 inches and it claimed there were no matches, but if I looked for one measuring 1.25-1.5 inches, it found over a dozen. Now, when I was in school, the range of 1 to 3 included 1.25 to 1.5.The app lets you keep a life list, record sightings and take photos, and then upload them to AudubonGuides.com.Because of the huge volume of data available, this app does require a data connection or a 250 MB optional download. If you choose not to download the data, it could chew up considerable bandwidth if you have a limited data plan.Higher resolution images would be nice, since the difference between species is sometimes very subtle. More pictures of caterpillars and the ability to search based on caterpillar criteria would be nice.While the app has a moth section, it appears to be mostly brightly colored moths such as the Luna Moth. I couldn’t find any Pterophoridae (Plume Moths), for instance.The app works well enough on my tablet, but it can’t make up its mind whether it wants to run in landscape or portrait.

  3. walshlg says:

    not up to Audubon standards A nice start but disappointing compaired to the N American bird guide. There are no pictures of the catepillars and no range maps nor good descriptions of seasonality.The pictures are all excellent and point out the features for identification. Easy to use.

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