I love this book. The authors (a brother and sister team from Northern Kentucky) have compiled an easy to read and concise reference full of excellent photos of our most popular butterflies, their developmental stages, and a good explanation of each butterfly's favorite host and nectar plants.
Most of the information included in the book is gleaned from research made in the authors' own butterfly gardens so we know exactly what works to attract butterflies, at least here in our region.
I bought an extra copy to give to my neices and they love it too.
This is an excellent book for identifying the 23 common garden butterflies. This book provides information on butterfly egg laying, caterpillar growth, metamorphosis (chrysalis) and butterfly behavior.
Oustanding close-up color photos of eggs, caterpillars (various instars), chrysalids (different colors to expect) and excellent photographs of both dorsal and ventral views of the adult butterflies.
Field notes for each species includes photographs of host plants and nectar plants, a breeding range map, the life cycle season and a life-size butterfly silhouette.
There is a section for habitat gardening which includes good sized photographs of each plant, the scientific name, description and what butterfly it is host to. A small graphic image of the butterfly is also noted.
There is also another section of top nectar flowers with awesome photos of the plants and butterflies frequenting them.
Another section provides great photographs of butterflies that visit gardens. It shows assorted skippers and moths too.
A glossary is also included.
Best of the best...they even included full page easy comparison guides for those 23 butterfly eggs, caterpillars and chrysalids!!!
This is the greatest resource for photographs of the complete life cycle of butterflies I've seen.
Although this book is generated for adults the photographs and decriptions can easily be understood by young people interested in butterflies and their eggs, caterpillars and chrysalids.
You can't get a better book for someone who's interested in raising butterflies!!!