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Learn About Butterflies in the Garden Paperback – May 6, 2011
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Want to have butterflies in your garden? Want to learn about the plants that will attract them? In this book you will find the plants needed to attract those winged beauties to your yard. Also learn about the fascinating life cycles of some of your favorite butterflies. This book has over 240 color photos of eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, butterflies, plants, etc. The book is $19.95 plus $1.20 sales tax.
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In a few initial pages the author tells how she became interested in butterflies, and describes how she attracts butterflies of dozens of species to her small yard to feed and reproduce. A brief section showing how she manages the habitat for so many species is presented in a very matter-of-fact way (as is all of the text) but what she has done is amazing. And this is only the start.
Most of the book consists of 6, 8, 0r 10 pages of information about each of the species she describes. These pages have all the text that is needed (which isn't much), a range map, and large, exceptionally clear and descriptive pictures of the butterfly, (top and bottom, genders as needed), its eggs (usually shown next to a ruler, and photographed very clearly), then of the caterpillars (several instars each) and the chrysalis. Other photos show some of the host plants (all of the caterpillar host plants are listed, but it's nice to have great photos of selected ones), and each species description closes with a list of their preferred nectar plants.
I truly can't say enough about the quality of the photos and how informative they are. The butterflies and caterpillars are shown on their host plants, the placement and arrangement of the eggs on the plants is shown (in fact, my favorite photo in the book is of the eggs of the Eastern Comma, which stacks its eggs; one stack is nine eggs tall). By seeing the caterpillars on a host plant and next to a ruler, in many case I have looked and said to myself "I have wondered what that one was!" Now I will be able to put it back on it's host plant if it is lost.
Pardon me for effusing (which Mr. Dziedzic never does), but I find this book to be a model of technical writing and photography.
One note, the book is self-published and the first source shown on Amazon listing is a used copy. If you go to "see all buying options" you can get a new copy from the author. Shipping was prompt and the book was well-packaged. At the time I bought, the new copy cost the same as the used one.