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Marc Minno

About Marc Minno

Marc C. Minno has studied the ecology, systematics, and biogeography of butterflies and moths for much of his life.

He received a B.S. degree in entomology from Purdue University, a M.S. degree in entomology from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida.

He currently works as an ecologist for Eco-Cognizant, Inc., a home based consulting firm operated by spouse Maria Minno.

Since moving to Florida in 1982, Marc and Maria Minno have worked toward conserving the state’s rare, unique, and imperiled plants and animals.

Recently, he has been monitoring imperiled butterflies in the Florida Keys and southern areas of the state.

Marc frequently gives presentations and workshops on butterflies to local chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society, North American Butterfly Association, Audubon Society, and other conservation groups.

He is a past president of the Southern Lepidopterists’ Society and in 1999 received the John Abbott Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in expanding knowledge of Lepidoptera.

Marc is a research associate with the McGuire Center at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, which contains the largest butterfly and moth research facility in the world.

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Butterflies of Illinois

Butterflies of Illinois: A Guide to Common and Notable Species
ISBN: 978-1-943334-86-5
Authors:  Marc C. Minno and Jeffrey E. Belth

Butterflies of Illinois: The Prairie State has many interesting natural communities to explore, including rich hardwood forests, prairies, old fields, fens, bogs, marshes, swamps, and, along the shore of Lake Michigan, dune habitats.  The butterflies of Illinois are a mix of southern, midwestern, and northern species.  A total of 101 species of butterflies and 59 species of their close relatives, the skippers, have been found in the state.

Beautifully illustrated are 58 species of butterflies and 26 species of skippers, and their caterpillars, found in Illinois.  Ideal for the field, this folding, waterproof guide features color photos of the butterflies and caterpillars in a side-by-side format. Common and scientific names, adult size, season when they can be found, and their caterpillar host plants are listed. Tips on finding butterflies and caterpillars are given and the life cycle of the Pipevine Swallowtail is illustrated.

Featured are some familiar butterflies such as the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Red Admiral, Mourning Cloak, and Monarch, as well as less well-known species such as the Falcate Orangetip, Olympia Marble, Harvester, and Baltimore Checkerspot.

Nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy using this guide.

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Butterflies of Indiana

Butterflies of Indiana: A Guide to Common and Notable Species
ISBN: 978-1-943334-87-2
Authors:  Marc C. Minno and Jeffrey E. Belth

Butterflies of Indiana: The Hoosier State has many interesting natural communities to explore, including rich hardwood forests, prairies, old fields, fens, marshes, swamps, and, along the shore of Lake Michigan, dune habitats.  The butterflies of Indiana are a mix of southern, midwestern, and northern species.  A total of 95 species of butterflies and 54 species of their close relatives, the skippers, have been found in the state.

Beautifully illustrated are 58 species of butterflies and 26 species of skippers, and their caterpillars, found in Indiana.  Ideal for the field, this folding, waterproof guide features color photos of the butterflies and caterpillars in a side-by-side format. Common and scientific names, adult size, season when they can be found, and their caterpillar host plants are listed. Tips on finding butterflies and caterpillars are given and the life cycle of the Pipevine Swallowtail is illustrated.

Featured are some familiar butterflies such as the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Red Admiral, Mourning Cloak, and Monarch, as well as less well-known species such as the Falcate Orangetip, Olympia Marble, Harvester, and Baltimore Checkerspot.

Nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy using this guide.

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Butterflies of Ohio

Butterflies of Ohio: A Guide to Common and Notable Species
ISBN: 978-1-943334-85-8
Authors:  Marc C. Minno and Jeffrey E. Belth

Butterflies of Ohio: The Buckeye State has many interesting natural communities to explore, including rich hardwood forests, prairies, old fields, fens, bogs, marshes, swamps, and along the shore of Lake Erie, dune habitats.  The butterflies of Ohio are a mix of southern, midwestern, and northern species.  A total of 94 species of butterflies and 52 species of their close relatives, the skippers, have been found in the state.

Beautifully illustrated are 58 species of butterflies and 26 species of skippers, and their caterpillars, found in Ohio.  Ideal for the field, this folding, waterproof guide features color photos of the butterflies and caterpillars in a side-by-side format. Common and scientific names, adult size, season when they can be found, and their caterpillar host plants are listed. Tips on finding butterflies and caterpillars are given and the life cycle of the Pipevine Swallowtail is illustrated.

Featured are some familiar butterflies such as the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Red Admiral, Mourning Cloak, and Monarch, as well as less well-known species such as the Falcate Orangetip, Olympia Marble, Harvester, and Baltimore Checkerspot.

Nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy using this guide.

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Butterflies of Central & Northern Arizona

Title: Butterflies of Central & Northern Arizona
ISBN: 978-1-936913-32-9
Author: Jim Brock

The beautiful digital photographs in this inclusive guide will aid beginners as well as experienced watchers in identifying not only the common butterflies of the low desert area and gardens in and around Phoenix and the high desert areas to the north and east but also the more common and unique species found in central and northern Arizona’s mountains. Covered are such iconic localities as the red rock canyon country of Sedona, the White Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Kingman and the Flagstaff region including the San Francisco Peaks.

Featured among the 84 illustrated species are the Two-tailed Swallowtail (the state butterfly), Monarch and it’s desert cousin the Queen. Lovely species found in the mountains include Milbert’s Tortoiseshell, Weidemeyer’s Admiral and Northwestern Fritillary. The caterpillars for each species are also featured in a side by side format. It also features all of the corresponding caterpillar forms for each of the adult butterflies.

This compact, waterproof guide easily fits into a day pack or pocket for use in the field. Nature enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy using this marvelous guide at home or on a hike.

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Butterflies of the Southern Coastal Plain

ISBN: 978-1-936913-75-6
Butterflies of the Southern Coastal Plain including Northern Florida, Southern Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana: A Guide to Common and Notable Species
Author: Marc C. Minno

This waterproof guide beautifully illustrates over 80 species of butterflies and all of their caterpillars. The pocket-sized guide features color photos in a side-by-side format that makes it ideal for field use. Common as well as unusual butterflies such as King’s Hairstreak and the Gemmed Satyr are shown.

Common and scientific names, adult size, season when they can be found, and their caterpillar host plants are listed. Tips on finding butterflies and caterpillars are given and the life cycle of the Gulf Fritillary is illustrated. Nature enthusiast of all ages will enjoy using this guide.

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