Synopses & Reviews
This revised edition of the classic handbook describes how to attract butterflies and other beneficial and beautiful insects to your garden. It presents everything the gardener needs to know to create intricate, small-scale ecosystems in an urban or suburban setting that can substitute for the rapidly vanishing habitats that are essential to the survival of butterflies.
Contributors to this volume include Miriam Rothschild, an eminent entomologist, avid butterfly gardener, and expert in wildflower conservation, who describes the life cycle of butterflies, how and what they see, and how this relates to "gardening with butterflies." Landscape architect Mary Booth provides imaginative garden designs and easy-to-follow directions for designing and planting. Edward S. Ross, pioneer of close-up nature photography, discusses observing and photographing butterflies.
The book also includes a "Master Plant List" of species that attract butterflies, butterfly food plants listed by geographic region, seed and plant resources, a list of gardening and conservation organizations, and a bibliography of books and periodicals about butterflies.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 188-196) and index.
About the Author
The Xerces Society was established in 1971 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of human-caused extinction of rare invertebrate populations and their habitats. The Society's efforts include the Monarch Project and publication of Wings, a magazine devoted to the natural history and conservation of butterflies and other invertebrates.
Table of Contents
Gardening with butterflies / Miriam Rothschild -- What do butterflies see? / Miriam Rothschild -- The struggle to survive / Dave Winter -- The life cycle of the large white butterfly / Miriam Rothschild -- Notes from a butterfly gardener / Jo Brewer -- Butterfly garden design / Garden concepts and designs by Mary Booth, text by Melody Mackey Allen -- Predator patches: moving beyond butterflies / Adrian Forsyth -- Pollinator gardening: inviting the wild ones home / Gary Paul Nabhan -- Moths and the garden at night / Dave Winter -- Butterfly gardening and conservation / Stanwyn G. Shetler -- Enriching your personal landscape / Edward S. Ross -- Butterfly photography / Edward S. Ross -- Butterfly-watching tips / Robert Michael Pyle -- Afterword / Robert Michael Pyle -- Appendix A: Nectar plants for North American butterflies and moths / Paul A. Opler, editor -- Appendix B: The most familiar North American butterflies and their larval food plants / Paul A. Opler, editor.