Florida Butterfly Gardening: A Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Butterflies / Edition 1

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Both a butterfly ID guide & an illus manual for butterfly gardening in Florida-- the first to cover adult, larval, & pupal stages for 60+ butterfly & moth species. 400+ color photos, a butterfly checklist, & inquiry-based science activities for teachers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813016658
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 577,461
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Outstanding book for the serious butterfly gardener

    I have been butterfly gardening for nearly two years and this is the most complete source of information I've found. The book offers detailed photos of butterflies, notes the differences between the sexes and variations within the species. It also has accurate photos of eggs, caterpillars and chrysalis. The plant recommendations are excellent, I've attracted three new species that have deposited eggs. The book does not offer detailed landscape design plans, but does note best conditions for the plant. I would highly recommend this book for any southern state butterfly gardener and for the 'Florida' section of any Florida public library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    The Best Book for Florida Butterfly Gardening

    The wait is over for all of you butterfly enthusiasts! Florida Butterfly Gardening has just been published and it is THE butterfly book for Florida. Dr. Marc Minno and his wife Maria have put forth what will soon be recognized as the final word on Florida butterfly gardening. Whether you are a novice or an 'old hand' at butterfly gardening this work will certainly add significantly to your butterfly knowledge. The Minnos' take the reader through the entire butterfly body (palpi to tarsus), its life cycles, behavior, defense strategies, and the Florida habitats in which it lives. There is a 'quick guide' to the major families of butterflies in Florida, however, extensive text is given to each family, genus and species. The reader will find information on the adult, field marks, larva, pupa, host plants, natural history, distribution and occasional notes. Each chapter's opening page has the beautiful art work of Diane Pierce. Her drawings are magnificent in detail and color, and left me speechless. What a fabulous addition to the book! The photographs, with very few exceptions, were taken by the Minnos' and are breathtaking as well. Each butterfly is represented in numerous photographs depicting adult, caterpillar, and pupa forms, as well as the host plants for each. One invaluable aspect of this work is the documentation of the different color phases of the adult, caterpillar and pupa, information regrettably lacking in other books on the subject. The Minnos' have also included information on common moths, developing your butterfly garden, nectar and host plant lists and descriptions, educational activities, a checklist of Florida butterflies and a resource guide. If you had to have one butterfly book for Florida this would have to be it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2000

    Less than 10 pages on developing your butterfly garden

    I already had purchased the North American Guide to Butterflies, so I really didn't need to buy this book. If you don't have an identification book, this one is for you. I am a beginner butterfly gardener, so I was looking for a book which contained a bigger section on set-up and developing your actual butterfly garden.

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