Butterfly gardens : luring nature's loveliest pollinators to your yard
Alcinda Lewis, guest editor ; Steve Buchanan, illustrator.
Brooklyn, NY : Brooklyn Botanic Garden, c2007.
Butterflies are among nature's loveliest and most intriguing pollinators. Grace your garden with their unique beauty and magic and contribute to wildlife conservation at the same time: Even a small, conventional garden can be a significant nature reserve for butterflies, particularly in urban areas. This guide contains everything you need to know to lure these exquisite insects to your garden-and encourage them to linger there. Like all Brooklyn Botanic Garden handbooks, it features organic and sustainable gardening practices. What's inside: Butterfly biology for gardeners, Practical tips on designing a butterfly garden-whether you're starting from scratch or adding to an existing garden, An encyclopedia of the most commonly found butterflies, including beautiful full-color illustrations, A butterfly plant encyclopedia with detailed information on scores of widely grown nectar plants, The best butterfly plants for your region, and much more. Book jacket.
photographs by Gilles Martin ; text by Myriam Baran ; translated from the French by Simon Jones.
New York : Abrams, 2006.
A French photographer who focuses on the animal world and a French naturalist detail the diversity and life cycle of butterflies, moths, and caterpillars (some of whom are described as "cannibals and carnivores as sweet as honey" in reference to eating siblings and producing an ant-attracting substance). Stunning color close-up photos show how members of Lepidoptera are masters of mimicry and other survival strategies. Indexing is by scientific and common names; the volume includes a short bibliography. Translated from the French. Presented in an 11x9.5" format. Annotation #169;2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The life cycles of butterflies : from egg to maturity, a visual guide to 23 common garden butterflies
by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards ; photography by Judy Burris, Wayne Richards, and Christina Richards.
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2006.
For every person who has ever watched and marveled at the magic as a butterfly emerges from a chrysalis, this book is a treasure chest of amazing butterfly transformations. Readers are invited to explore and experience the life cycles of 22 common backyard butterflies, in this unique collection of stunning fullcolor, up-close photography, all taken in a live garden setting. From the Black Swallowtail to the Monarch, the Question Mark to the Painted Lady, each butterfly is shown from start to maturity, with sequential photographs of the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and emerging butterfly. Additional detail shots highlight caterpillar behavior, changes in the chrysalis as the wing pattern emerges, open- and closed-wing shots, and the color variations between the male and female butterflies. Authors Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, a brother-and-sister team, tell how they created the ultimate butterfly havens in their own backyards, planting every kind of caterpillar host plant and nectar-producing flower imaginable. With cameras in hand, they set out on a mission to record the lives of all the butterflies that flocked to their gardens. Readers learn how they can create their own butterfly gardens, with specific host plants suggested for each species, most of which are found across North America. This richly visual and highly browsable guide to the life cycles of butterflies will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts, gardeners, school teachers, and families alike.
Part natural history, part gardening guide, Butterflies in the Backyard contains solid information on butterfly behavior and habitats, and also explains in careful detail how to attract these lovely creatures to your backyard with plants and feeders. Includes up-to-date information on migration and conservation efforts, as well as an identification guide for the most common North American species. Book jacket.
Transform any garden into a haven for beautiful butterflies! Renowned butterfly specialists--scientists, nature writers and artists, directors of biological preserves--reveal the secrets of attracting and caring for these delicate creatures. With more than 80 beautiful photographs, this inspiring manual focuses on the amazing lifecycle of butterflies, especially emphasizing caterpillars and their food plants. Regional experts from every region from north to south and coast to coast, describe their own gardens and the native flora that butterflies love. Profiles cover specialty gardens, including herb gardens, children's gardens, and a wildflower meadow. Information on butterfly biology, family classification, migration, and conservation make this a valuable complement to butterfly guidebooks as well as a great gardening guide on its own.