Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden

Feb 11, 2018 by

Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden

Rick Cech and Guy Tudor have prepared an exhaustive guide to the butterflies of the eastern US. This book goes into much more detail than can be found in a field guide. You’ll find descriptions of habitat, behavior, food preferences, range and more for each species. From this information, you’ll be able to create a beautiful garden that is full of butterflies from spring through fall.

Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observers Guide
Finally, you will want to identify the other life stages of your butterfly guests. The best guide that I have found is Whitney Cranshaw’s Garden Insects of North America. By using this guide, you’ll soon be able to identify all of your caterpillars, plus all of the other creepy crawlies as well. This book has a unique reverse look-up feature where you can look up specific plants and see which insects use that plant for food. This makes identification much easier because you can really narrow down your choices. I have to give a word of warning though. When you use this book, you may find yourself becoming fascinated by insects. I know I did. I am a birder. I started designing gardens to attract birds. But after reading this book, I found that I want to know more about all of the insects, including the butterflies. They are an amazing and fascinating group!

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