The Life Cycles of Butterflies: From Egg to Maturity, a Visual Guide to 23 Common Garden Butterflies

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Storey Publishing, 2006 - Nature - 151 pages
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For every person who has ever watched and marveled at 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 22 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 butterflies.
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.

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This life cycle book is very informative in both a broad and specific sense. By beginning with the general characteristics of all butterflies' life cycles, it provides the reader with a good knowledge ... Read full review

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The Life Cycles of Butterflies: From Egg To Maturity, A Visual Guide To 23 Common Garden Butterflies by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards. Publication Date: 2006 Genre: Illustrated: 151 pages Publisher: Storey Publishing ISBN10: 1580176178 ISBN13: 9781580176170
The Life Cycles of Butterflies is a great book to introduce children to the life science topic of life cycle's using pictures. This book fallows 23 different species of butterflies through their life cycle's. Young student's will be able to easily distinguish similarities and differences between the different species life cycles.


1 The Butterfly from Start to Finish
2 Butterfly Life Cycles
3 Butterfly Habitat Gardening
4 Other Garden Visitors
Eggs Caterpillars Chrysalises

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Judy Burris is the co-author of The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs and The Life Cycles of Butterflies. She and her brother and co-author, Wayne Richards, have spent many years observing, raising, and photographing the amazing lives of insects in their own backyards in Erlanger, Kentucky.

Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, a brother-sister author team, have been intrigued with butterflies since they were children. They have spent many years observing, raising, and photographing these miraculous creatures. Judy and Wayne live in Erlanger, Kentucky.

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