We have a cover! AND a publication date!
I’ve been away since last Friday, visiting my sister, and have been only minimally checking in with email. (Also the reason for the lack of posts; I did have my computer, but it’s harder to find the time to organize a post when away from home.) We received the official cover earlier this week, and I got the okay to share it with all of you – so here it is! The new cover of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America!
The Peterson field guide series is undergoing a small makeover, the most prominent difference being the covers of the guides. The bird guides have one of Roger Tory Peterson’s beautiful paintings on them, but the rest of the titles in the series will be a mosaic of an assortment of species from the guide plates. All of the images you see here are the actual images that will appear for those species on the identification pages of the guide.
Since I started this blog I’ve really wanted to run a contest – so here’s my very first one! Yay! Here’s what you have to do:
There are 16 species of moth on the cover. Tell me what they all are to be entered into a drawing – when the book comes out next spring, I’ll send the winner a free signed copy of the guide.
If you don’t know them all, you can send me a partial list. Common names are fine, but please include Hodges # and/or scientific name to make sure we’re both thinking of the same species. You’ll get one entry into the drawing for every 4 species you guess correctly. If you need an identification reference to look them up, this website can be very useful. If you need/want to see a larger version of the cover, click here.
If you share this contest on your own blog and/or Twitter and send me the link where I can see and verify it, I’ll put your name in the drawing once (or once more, if you also guessed the species). Send me your list of species (and/or blog/Twitter link, if applicable) by next Thursday, August 25, using my Contact Me form. I’ll contact and post the winner next Friday. The book won’t be mailed till next spring, of course. ;)
Which brings me to the second half of the announcement. The publication date for the moth guide has been officially set for April 3, 2012!
A few online retailers already have pages up for the guide. If you’re the sort to like to take care of these things early so you don’t forget, you can now pre-order your copy from Amazon.com (other sites have pages but no pre-order option).