National Pollinator Week 2018 starts today.
Let's start the celebration by taking a look at a new book, Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide by Jane Hurwitz.
Why feature butterfly gardening on an ant blog? Butterfly gardening encourages the use of native plants, which supply flowers that are used by many different pollinators as well as butterflies. The leaves and seeds are food for caterpillars, plus other insects that support food webs. Butterfly gardening is win-win!
As for the book, the first part features basic information about common garden butterflies, their life cycles, and their needs. Range maps are included so you can find out which species of butterflies to expect in your area and what some of their common caterpillar food plants are.
Because the recommended species of butterfly garden plants vary depending on where you live, in Part II members of the North American Butterfly Association suggest flowering plants and trees specific to regions around the United States, from the Florida to Portland, Oregon.
Overall, the book is illustrated with gorgeous, captivating photographs. It is also packed with tried-and-true practical information from experienced butterfly experts.
Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide is a fantastic resource. Be inspired by a copy today.
Check out some previous posts on the same topic:
- Touch a Butterfly book review
- Gardening for Ants
- Gardening for Pollinators: How to encourage bees
- Gardening for Pollinators
Do you have any suggestions for plants that are good for pollinators and/or ants?
Flexibound: 288 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press; Flexibound edition (April 10, 2018)
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