ROM Press Publishes New Field Guide On Butterflies of Ontario

First ever definitive guide to butterflies of Ontario; features 167 species

Includes easy-to-use navigation, and more than 800 colour photographs

Butterflies is the fifth publication in the ROM’s successful Field Guide series


Toronto, July 24, 2014­ -- The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) announced today the publication of the fifth guide in its popular series of Field Guides. The ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario is the first comprehensive book on the butterflies of Ontario, and highlights 167 species of the most beloved insect recorded in Ontario. Written by renowned lepidopterists Peter W. Hall and Colin D. Jones and ROM entomology technicians Antonia Guidotti and Brad Hubley, the ROM’s Butterflies Guide features striking field photography, sections on the best places to observe butterflies in Ontario, and the first-ever use of computer-modelled predictive distribution maps in a field-guide. Also featured in the handy guide is a partial list of plants used by butterflies and caterpillars, and a checklist to track your sightings.

Other highlights include:  

  • More than 800 colour field photographs
  • Flight season graphs
  • Quick and accurate species identification, using size, shape and colour
  • 16 comparative plates for similar-looking species
  • Conservation and protection of butterflies
  • Additional species to watch for in Ontario
  • A key to families for beginners 

The ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario is available for sale in the ROM Boutique for $29.99, and $26.99 for ROM Members (ROM Members enjoy a 10% discount on ROM Boutique purchases).  The book is also available at book retailers across Canada.

About the Authors

Peter W. Hall is a research associate with the Canadian National Collection of Insects and Arachnids. Colin D. Jones is a zoologist at the Natural Heritage Information Centre, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Antonia Guidotti and Brad Hubley are entomology technicians at the Royal Ontario Museum.