Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

by Mary Kate Woodward




Butterflies are one of nature's most beloved creations. Over the years many people have wondered at them, admired and studied them.

In this beautifully written and comprehensive guide, Mary Kate Woodward provides detailed tips for attracting, supporting and enjoying the butterflies of the Pacific Northwest. Topics covered include favorite food plants and larval hosts, garden layout and design, a butterfly directory, sources of plants and seeds (resource guide), index of common names, and many other essentials to relax, observe and enjoy your butterfly garden.

This is a concise and up-to-date directory of butterflies, each one beautifully photographed and illustrated, and the only book on butterfly gardening for the Pacific Northwest region.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552857076
Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
Publication date: 02/18/2005
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Mary Kate Woodward is an artist, landscaper and naturalist.

Table of Contents


Essentials of Planning a Butterfly Gardening

The Butterfly Landscape

Larvae: Famished Feeders

Flowers: A Garden Tapestry

Favourable Features

Relax, Observe, Enjoy

A Gallery of Butterflies

Climate Zone Map

Larval Host Plants

Food Sources for Adult Butterflies

Sources of Plants and Seeds


Index of Common Names



Creating butterfly refuges in urban backyards may help offset the habitat destruction perpetrated by the human race on these beautiful insects. A successful urban butterfly garden will provide larval and adult food plantings, as well as flat rocks and mud puddles in a sunny, wind-free location. Butterflies requiring wooded or other specialized habitats may be enticed into your garden by the inclusion of a few of their favorite trees or features.

It is not difficult to create a butterfly preserve. One must simply adopt an attitude and approach to gardening that prioritizes the needs and likes of butterflies over those of humans. In fact, the two are not totally incompatible. Butterfly gardens and people gardens can exist in parallel with a few modifications on our part.

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