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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (April 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813027896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813027890
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This unique guide helps bring the whole cycle into focus..." -- Palatka Daily News, May, 7, 2005

An authoritative guide...Provides all the background information one needs to create a caterpillar-friendly landscape. -- Bellaonline.com, October 2005

An excellent book for anyone interested in encouraging butterflies in their landscape. -- St. Augustine Record, 6/18/05

If you are a butterfly fancier, this book is a must-have resource. -- Palm Beach Post, 8/14/2005

Many books focus on butterflies in Florida, but now the state’s caterpillars are also in the spotlight. -- South Dade News Leader, 8/26/2005

The first book of its kind. -- Marco Island Sun Times, 7/21/05

The quality of these photos ranges from excellent to outstanding. -- Lakeland Ledger, June 17, 2005

Book Description

Everything the butterfly gardener or naturalist needs to know about the relationship between caterpillars and the plants that help them turn into butterflies.
 
"A fantastic guide to Florida's butterfly caterpillars and their host plants. A comprehensive work on butterfly caterpillars has been needed for a long time. This does an excellent job of filling that need."--Joseph D. Culin, Clemson University
 
This book will become the classic guide to southern butterfly caterpillars and their host plants.
With hundreds of color photographs and concise information in a format that can easily be carried into the field, it offers an unprecedented tool for all butterfly gardeners, teachers, naturalists, students, and scientists in the southern United States.
No other book offers such a comprehensive discussion of Florida butterfly caterpillars and their host plants. It covers caterpillar anatomy, biology, ecology, habitat, behavior, and defense, as well as how to find, identify, and raise caterpillars. The book contains sharply detailed photos of 167 species of caterpillars, 185 plants, 18 life cycles, and 19 habitats. It includes 169 maps. Photos of the egg, larva, pupa, and adult of representatives of 18 butterfly families and subfamilies provide life cycle comparisons that have never been illustrated before in such an accessible reference.
 Because of Florida's mild climate and diversity of plants, caterpillars thrive in abundance in the state. Florida's butterfly fauna consist of temperate species from eastern North America, tropical species from the Caribbean region (including 11 species of exotics that have become established over the last 100 years), and unique races that are found nowhere else.
For everyone who has wondered what to do about the caterpillars they find munching on a beloved plant, the authors offer this advice: "Watch them." Their value in the ecosystem is immense, as they provide vital links in food webs and help to naturally prune their hosts. And they reveal the miracle of metamorphosis, as the worm-like larvae transform into beautiful winged adults.

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Information is excellent and so are pictures.
Rita Hayworth
It is an all-encompassing study of butterflies, larvae, and host plants, most of which are also found throughout nearby states.
4felines
We've transformed our backyard into a butterfly garden with the help of this book!
Erich K

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Poli on December 19, 2005
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Excellent book. My back yard garden is devoted to butterfly nectar and host plants and have found this book invaluable when I needed to identify a caterpillar that I had not seen before. Photographs of the caterpillar are opposite a sketch of the Florida peninsula that show the habitat range of that butterfly. Also photographs of host plants, their habitat and the larvae that eat them. This is an excellent companion book to have alongside "Butterflies Through Binoculars - Florida," by Jeffrey Glassburg.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By 4felines on July 26, 2008
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I use this book extensively, even though written specifically on butterflies of Florida. It is an all-encompassing study of butterflies, larvae, and host plants, most of which are also found throughout nearby states. The introduction contains caterpillar anatomy, biology and more. There is section for butterfly host plants, and it includes good color images fo the plants. An informative book for those who live in the Southeast.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victoria N. Parsons on January 9, 2007
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If you watch butterflies in Florida, you need this book. You get lots more butterflies if you plant the right larval food, and this connects butterfly with caterpillar with caterpillar food!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Manzione on January 27, 2009
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Bought this book when I moved to Florida from New York...it is a GREAT BOOK !!!!!....it has been invaluable to me in my backyard Butterfly Garden...not only is it GREAT for Butterflies ,but more importantly, it is GREAT for Host Plants and for identifying Catepillars...a MUST HAVE !!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gotgeek2 on February 29, 2012
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This is the most comprehensive book about Florida Butterflies/Caterpillars/Host plants available, bar none. The first day I was able to identify 2 "weeds" in my backyard as actual butterfly host plants. The Host plant/Larvae descriptions and pictures are priceless. You will NOT regret purchasing this book. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Marc C. Minno, Jerry F. Butler, and Donald W. Hall!!!
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This is not a book most people are going to read. It's an excellent resource for butterfly gardening. My household has attempted butterfly gardening and this book has been quite useful.

It is helpful in several ways. If you know what butterflies you want to attract, the book will guide you to the right plants and these can be bought and properly planted. It can also help identify caterpillars on a plant, if for example there are three or four kinds on one garden bush. Or it could help identify plants you have seen a butterfly on and find out if that is a host plant for the caterpillars.

It's not a fat book, so it will not identify every caterpillar or every useful plant. It will be most useful for Floridians, but should be of considerable use to other areas in the Southeast US, because many of the butterflies addressed range more widely than Florida.
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By Susan Sterner on June 13, 2014
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This is a good book to have for Florida residents. But I still am looking for one that will make it easy to identify the caterpillars. There is only 6 pictures of a caterpillar on each page with the description on the opposite page. So you only see 6 pics at a time...turn the page and 6 pics more...If you are out and find a caterpillar and want to identify it with this book it will take some time. Also not a complete book of all Florida butterflies. The pictures are very good though.
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This book was recommended to me by a Horticulturist who wrote for local Florida newspapers. It was a great help to me as a novice in the world of butterflies inhabiting FL, since we recently moved there. Information is excellent and so are pictures. This book makes it easy to identify, feed, and support the various breeds you may want in your garden. Really got me started and I am still learning. This book is a must for the novice and educated both.
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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 consulting firm. 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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