Rick Mikula is crazy about butterflies. His
passion for these fleeting flights of fancy, shines through in every word and
photograph in this book.
His instructions on how to plant your garden to
attract butterflies are straight
forward and invaluable. He explains the life cycle of these painted beauties and
how we can accommodate their needs and enrich our lives by doing so.
For instance, when he writes of their need to bask (butterflies'
internal muscles must warm to 80 degrees for flight) he suggests providing light colored
basking areas to let them rev up their engines faster. He calls these places butterfly
waterless ponds. He makes his in the shape of a butterfly, but any shape will do.
You make an indentation in the soil, line it with plastic, add a few similar in size light
colored stones or sand and stand back. He adds that, if morning dew collects, the
butterflies will find this moisture when they come to bask. Of course, the
sidewalk will work too, but it is not as much fun.
There are also helpful lists of all kinds of
things from how to say butterfly in a lot of different languages to plants to
plant to deter insects that bother butterflies.
If all that doesn't hook you, then you will
surely enjoy the full page color photos of 40 of North America's most treasured
visitors accompanied by a detailed page of that butterflies likes and dislikes, particular
identifying marks and region it can be found in. In most of the
photos, he has included a snapshot of what the butterfly looks like with his
wings up. Some of them are amazingly camouflaged.
This book is a must have for beginning