Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year

Announcing the Release of Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year by Robert M. Pyle

In 2008, noted lepidopterist, writer, and Xerces Society founder Robert M. Pyle undertook a historic journey to find, experience, and identify as many of the 800 American butterflies as he could find. Bob’s new release Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year, recounts his cross-country butterfly adventures.

PRESS RELEASE: Part road-trip tale, part travelogue of lost and found landscapes, all good-natured natural history, Mariposa Road (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9/27/10) tracks Bob Pyle’s journey across the United States as he races against the calendar in his search for as many of the 800 American butterflies as he can find.

Like Pyle’s classic Chasing Monarchs, Mariposa Road recounts his adventures, high and low, in tracking down butterflies in his own low-tech, individual way. Accompanied by Marsha, his cottonwood-limb butterfly net; Powdermilk, his 1982 Honda Civic with 345,000 miles on the odometer; and the small Leitz binoculars he has carried for more than thirty years, Bob ventured out in a series of remarkable trips from his Northwest home.

From the California coastline in company with overwintering monarchs to the Far Northern tundra in pursuit of mysterious sulphurs and arctics; from Graceland to ranchland and Kauai to Key West, these intimate encounters with the land, its people, and its fading fauna are wholly original. At turns whimsical, witty, informative, and inspirational, Mariposa Road is an extraordinary journey of discovery that leads the reader ever farther into butterfly country and deeper into the heart of the naturalist

Xerces Society Members: Purchase now from our online store! $25.00 per copy.

Non-members: Purchase now from our online store! $28.00 per copy.

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