In 1990, the Xerces Society and Smithsonian Institution collaborated to produce this fascinating book on butterflies and moths. Each chapter was contributed by an expert, writing on topics such as night gardens for moths (Dave Winter) and butterflies' vision (Miriam Rothschild).  The book also contains garden designs, plant profiles, an extensive bibliography and resource list.

How does one improve on such a book?  The newly revised edition of Butterfly Gardening includes chapters on beneficial insects and pollination, as well as a current bibliography.  Pointing out that each native plant has, on average, twenty invertebrate associates, Melody Mackey Allen (Xerces Society) writes in the preface, "The steady drone of insects at work adds a meditative undersong to summer gardens."  This broadening of focus, to include native bees and other pollinators, is very welcome.  

 This review is graciously provided by Claire Hagan Dole.

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Butterfly Gardening:
Creating Summer Magic 
in Your Garden

130 pages
2nd edition November 1998

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