|Florida Butterfly Gardening: A Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Butterflies of the Lower South by Marc C. Minno and Maria Minno
Authoritative, clear text, together with illustrations by noted wildlife artist Diane Pierce and more than 400 photos of butterflies and plants, make this a must-have reference for gardeners, butterfly enthusiasts, and teachers.Includes Inquiry-Based Science Activities.
This is a complete reference for Florida gardeners who wish to attract butterflies to their gardens with both host and nectar plants. It provides sound information on how to identify butterflies (including skippers) as well as an understanding of their biology, behavior, life cycle, and Florida habitats. Both useful and beautiful, it is the first book to cover, in full color, the adult, larval, and pupal stages and host plants of more than 60 butterflies and a dozen of our most interesting moth species.
Beginning chapters discuss in plain language the biology, behavior, distribution, and identification of Florida butterflies. Chapters devoted to gardening explain easy methods of planning and planting a butterfly garden, including nectar plants and plants recommended for wet, dry, or shady areas. Also included are a checklist of Florida butterflies, a resource guide to butterfly and plant supplies and suppliers, and twelve hands-on science inquiry activities to help teachers and parents use their butterfly garden as an outdoor classroom in accordance with Sunshine State Standards.
Marc C. Minno is a biologist with the St. Johns River Water Management District and author of Butterflies of the Florida Keys.
Maria Minno owns and operates Eco-Cognizant, Inc., an environmental consulting business, and is coauthor of Handbook to Schoolyard Plants and Animals of North Central Florida.
Diane Pierce is a professional painter and illustrator whose work has appeared in many books and journals, including The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Audubon Magazine, and The Living Bird. The plates in this book, made to promote an appreciation of butterfly gardening, feature butterflies raised by Pierce and later released into the wild.