Synopses & Reviews
Anyone who gardens knows how snails, aphids, scale insects, and caterpillars can damage vegetables, flowers, shrubs, and trees. But not many of us know that ground beetles eat caterpillars, not plants; that dragonflies feed on mosquitoes; that parasitic wasps prey on tomato hornworms. In this delightful guide to the world of beneficial insects, Starcher, an artist and avid gardener, shows us how to identify the "good guys" and encourage them to reside in our gardens. A GARDEN BOOK CLUB selection.
"A fact-filled, charmingly illustrated guide." American Bookseller.
"Altogether delightful." Newark Star-Ledger
Developed with the assistance of entomologists, Starcher's book tells gardeners which plants and habitats attract the beneficial insects and helps them recognize them when they appear. The author's ink-and-watercolor illustrations are both accurate and infused with personality and charm. Glossary.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 48-49) and index.
About the Author
Alison Mia Starcher is a professional illustrator, specializing in plants and insects. Her work appears regularly in the Southern California Gardener. She lives in Los Angeles.