|For every person who has ever watched and
the magic as a butterfly emerges from a chrysalis, this book is a
treasure chest of amazing butterfly transformations. Readers are
invited to explore and experience the life cycles of 23 common backyard
butterflies, in this unique collection of stunning fullcolor, up-close
photography, all taken in a live garden setting.
From the Black Swallowtail to the Monarch, the Question Mark to the
Painted Lady, each butterfly is shown from start to maturity, with
sequential photographs of the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and emerging
butterfly. Additional detail shots highlight caterpillar behavior,
changes in the chrysalis as the wing pattern emerges, open- and
closed-wing shots, and the color variations between the male and female
Authors Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, a brother-and-sister team, tell
how they created the ultimate butterfly havens in their own backyards,
planting every kind of caterpillar host plant and nectar-producing
flower imaginable. With cameras in hand, they set out on a mission to
record the lives of all the butterflies that flocked to their gardens.
Readers learn how they can create their own butterfly gardens, with
specific host plants suggested for each species, most of which are
found across North America.
This richly visual and highly browsable guide to the life cycles of
butterflies will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts, gardeners, school
teachers, and families alike.
The Life Cycles of
From Egg to Maturity, a Visual Guide to 23 Common Garden Butterflies
by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards