Raising Butterflies in the Garden

Raising Butterflies in the Garden

by Brenda Dziedzic


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A guide to rearing butterflies and moths in a butterfly-friendly garden.

This exciting title is for butterfly lovers and gardeners who not only want to create a butterfly-friendly garden, but also want to support butterflies and moths in order to maintain healthy populations.

Author Brenda Dziedzic noticed that there were far fewer butterflies around today than she saw in her childhood. Starting in her own garden she set out to learn why and what she could do to fix this. Raising Butterflies in the Garden is the outcome of what she learned about these fascinating insects and the native plants they depend on. In this book, Dziedzic shares the vast experience she gained in helping butterflies thrive through all stages of life. She shows readers how they can do the same — no matter the time of year or the size of their property — by providing all of the information and practical guidance they need.

The book features more than 500 color photographs showing the life cycles of over 35 butterfles and moths — from egg to adult — as well as the host and nectar plants they rely on. Each profiled species also includes a North American range map.

Featured butterfly and moth species include:

  • Swallowtails — Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Spicebush Swallowtail
  • Whites/Sulphurs — Cabbage White, Great Southern White and Clouded Sulphur
  • Blues — Eastern Tailed-Blue, Karner Blue and Summer Azure
  • Brushfoots — American Lady, Monarch and Red Admiral
  • Skippers — Common Checkered-Skipper, Silver-Spotted Skipper and Wild Indigo Duskywing
  • Silk Moths — Cecropia Moth, Luna Moth and Polyphemus Moth
  • Sphinx Moths — Hummingbird Clearwing
  • Tussock Moths — Gypsy Moth.
  • Like the highly successful How to Raise Monarch Butterflies, Raising Butterflies in the Garden is bound to become an excellent seller in retail settings as well as a popular reference in libraries and schools.

    "There is no better way to develop an emotional connection with the little things that run the world than to nurture butterflies and moths from egg to adult as if they were your own children. With necessary details and lavish illustrations, Brenda Dziedzic shows us how!"
    — Dr. Doug Tallamy, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and author of
    Bring Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780228102250
    Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
    Publication date: 09/06/2019
    Pages: 336
    Sales rank: 96,470
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

    About the Author

    Brenda Dziedzic is a gardener whose life changed when she became interested in butterflies. She is now an expert on the subject of raising Lepidopteran species and has won numerous awards for her work. Her memberships include the Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association, Monarch Watch and the North American Butterfly Association. Among her many awards and honors are Master Gardener of the Year and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives. Her Westland, Michigan, garden has also been designated a Butterfly Habitat. She lectures widely and is a media personality on TV and radio.

    Table of Contents

    Preface 9

    Introduction 11

    The Differences Between Butterflies and Moths 11

    Butterfly/Moth Life Cycle 11

    Egg 11

    Caterpillar 11

    Prechrysalis/Prepupal 12

    Chrysalis/Pupa 12

    Adult 12

    Time Period of Each Stage 14

    Range Maps 14

    Parts of the Butterfly and Moth 14

    Areas of the Wings 15

    Butterfly and Moth Families 16

    Swallowtails 16

    Whites and Sulphurs 16

    Blues 16

    Brushfoot5 17

    Skippers 17

    Silk Moths 17

    Sphinx Moths 17

    Tussock Moths 17

    Butterfly Gardening Essentials 18

    Winter Preparation for Butterfly Gardens 19

    Raising Butterflies and Moths 22


    Black Swallowtail 24

    Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 34

    Giant Swallowtail 42

    Pipevine Swallowtail 52

    Polydamas Swallowtail 60

    Spicebush Swallowtail 66

    Whites and Sulphurs

    Cabbage White 74

    Clouded Sulphur 82

    Great Southern White 90


    Eastern Tailed-Blue 96

    Karner Blue 104

    Summer Azure 110


    American Lady 116

    Baltimore Checkerspot 124

    Common Buckeye 130

    Common Wood-Nymph 140

    Eastern Comma 144

    Great Spangled Fritillary 152

    Gulf Fritillary 158

    Julia Heliconian 164

    Monarch 170

    Mourning Cloak 180

    Painted Lady 186

    Pearl Crescent 194

    Queen 200

    Question Mark 206

    Red Admiral 216

    Red-Spotted Purple 224

    Viceroy 234

    Zebra Heliconian 242


    Common Checkered-Skipper 248

    Silver-Spotted Skipper 256

    Wild Indigo Duskywing 264

    Silk Moths

    Cecropia Moth 272

    Luna Moth 280

    Polyphemus Moth 288

    Promethea Moth 296

    Rosy Maple Moth 302

    Sphinx Moths

    Hummingbird Clearwing 308

    Tussock Moths

    Gypsy Moth $$$ 316

    Glossary 320

    Useful Websites 323

    Bibliography 324

    Acknowledgments 325

    Photo Credits 325

    About the Author 326

    Host/Larval Food Plant Index 327

    Butterfly and Moth Index 333

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