Raising Butterflies in the Garden
(as of Apr 06,2022 16:24:07 UTC – Details)
From the Publisher
Turn any greenspace into one that welcomes butterflies and moths
Brenda Dziedzic noticed that there were far fewer butterflies around today than she saw in her childhood. Starting in her own garden, she set out to learn why and what she could do to fix this. Raising Butterflies in the Garden is the outcome of what she learned about these fascinating insects and the native plants they depend on. In this book, Dziedzic shares the vast experience she gained in helping butterflies thrive through all stages of life. She shows readers how they can do the same—no matter the time of year or the size of their property—by providing all of the information and practical guidance they need.
The book features more than 500 color photographs showing the life cycles of over 35 butterflies and moths—from egg to adult—as well as the host and nectar plants they rely on. Each profiled species also includes a North American range map.
Featured species include:
Swallowtails: Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Spicebush SwallowtailWhites/Sulphurs: Cabbage White, Great Southern White and Clouded SulphurBlues: Eastern Tailed-Blue, Karner Blue and Summer AzureBrushfoots: American Lady, Monarch and Red AdmiralSkippers: Common Checkered-Skipper, Silver-Spotted Skipper and Wild Indigo DuskywingSilk Moths: Cecropia Moth, Luna Moth and Polyphemus MothSphinx Moths: Hummingbird ClearwingTussock Moths: Gypsy Moth
Brenda Dziedzic is a gardener whose life changed when she became interested in butterflies. She is now an expert on the subject of raising Lepidopteran species and has won numerous awards for her work. Her memberships include the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association, Monarch Watch and the North American Butterfly Association. Among her many awards and honors are Master Gardener of the Year and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives. Her garden in Westland, Michigan has also been designated a Butterfly Habitat. She lectures widely and is a media personality on TV and radio.
The book I’ve always wanted
“I plant my garden with butterflies in mind. This is the most complete guide I’ve ever seen. Caterpillar host plants and nectar preferences for each species; clear photographs of eggs in situ and caterpillars at several ages; where to find cocoons and how to house them properly for successful hatch and release. Looking forward to Spring!” — Renee, RN
Delightful read with excellent tips of gardening
“We have had butterfly gardens for years, this book will improve our game significantly.” — Doug Houseman
“Lots of detailed information with color pictures. I ordered this as a gift for a friend and loved it so much I ordered another for myself!” — EarthGurl
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Identify the species
Multiple photos help identify the species, as well as how to tell between species that closely resemble each other. This is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, which is found across the central to eastern states.
Identify their host/larval food plants
To help guide planting, you’ll find a list for each species of the host/larval food plants. The Common Lilac (Syringa Vulgaris) is one for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
Identify their life cycle stages
To make it easier to identify them, photos of various stages of the species life cycle are included with notations on colors and sizes. When the caterpillar for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail first hatches, they’re only 3/32 to 1/3 inch.