Florida Butterfly Gardening:
A Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying, and Enjoying Butterflies

Marc C. Minno and Maria Minno

Illustrations by Diane Pierce, Foreword by Thomas C. Emmel
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From the foreword:
"This is a book to treasure and use. One can browse in it for a few minutes before heading to the nursery and selecting some plants to start a garden. Or one can spend hours going through it, devouring each delicious morsel of information on your favorite butterflies. . . . Careful planning with this book will make anyone a successful butterfly gardener."--Thomas C. Emmel, director, Division of Lepidoptera Research, University of Florida

"The first comprehensive guide to butterfly gardening in Florida and adjacent states . . . useful to anybody interested in butterfly gardening in Florida, but it is especially useful, even indispensable, for those who plan their garden to be an educational as well as aesthetic experience."—Mark Deyrup, entomologist, Archbold Biological Station

· presents 400+ color photos taken by the authors, showing every butterfly in adult, larva, and pupa stages
· presents practical information on garden plants, installation, and maintenance
· illustrations of both host and nectar plants
· includes inquiry-based science activities and a Florida butterfly checklist


This is a complete reference for Florida gardeners who wish to attract butterflies to their gardens with both host and nectar plants. It provides sound information on how to identify butterflies (including skippers) as well as an understanding of their biology, behavior, life cycle, and Florida habitats. Both useful and beautiful, it is the first book to cover, in full color, the adult, larval, and pupal stages and host plants of more than 60 butterflies and a dozen of our most interesting moth species.
Beginning chapters discuss in plain language the biology, behavior, distribution, and identification of Florida butterflies. Chapters devoted to gardening explain easy methods of planning and planting a butterfly garden, including nectar plants and plants recommended for wet, dry, or shady areas. Also included are a checklist of Florida butterflies, a resource guide to butterfly and plant supplies and suppliers, and twelve hands-on science inquiry activities to help teachers and parents use their butterfly garden as an outdoor classroom in accordance with Sunshine State Standards.
Authoritative, clear text, together with illustrations by noted wildlife artist Diane Pierce and more than 400 photos of butterflies and plants, make this a must-have reference for gardeners, butterfly enthusiasts, and teachers.

Marc C. Minno is a biologist with the St. Johns River Water Management District and author of Butterflies of the Florida Keys.

Maria Minno owns and operates Eco-Cognizant, Inc., an environmental consulting business, and is coauthor of Handbook to Schoolyard Plants and Animals of North Central Florida.

Diane Pierce is a professional painter and illustrator whose work has appeared in many books and journals, including The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Audubon Magazine, and The Living Bird. The plates in this book, made to promote an appreciation of butterfly gardening, feature butterflies raised by Pierce and later released into the wild.

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"Marc and Maria Minno's book has information even an oldtime gardener would marvel at." -- Gainesville Sun Gainesville Sun

"A luscious guide, a complete reference work destined to take its place in Florida literature as THE butterfly bible. . . . This is the kind of book that never stays on a bookshelf. It lies open, on a table, with fingerprints from pages being thumbed." -- Ocala Star-Banner Ocala Star-Banner

"If you had to have one butterfly book for Florida this would have to be it. Brava to the Minnos!" -- Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plants Society Hernando Chapter News

"A wonderful collection of authoritative text together with over 400 color photos of butterflies and plants that are native to Florida and the lower south. . . . A must-have reference for the gardener, butterfly enthusiasts, and teachers. The book describes in detail everything you would need to know about attracting butterflies to your own garden and describes how to identify them and understand their life cycle." -- Citrus News Citrus News

"Both useful and beautiful, it is the first book to cover, in full color, the adult, larval, and pupal stages and host plants of more than 60 butterflies and a dozen of our most interesting moth species." -- Florida Science Source, Inc. ultimatecitrus.com

"Brings together, in one beautifully illustrated volume, the information we've previously had to search numerous sources to find. . . . At the very least, this excellent book is sure to hone your skills as an observer of the beautiful 'flying flowers' in your garden."--Master Gardener Newsletter Master Gardener Newsletter

"Just about anyone can become a successful butterfly gardener -- or just learn about the colorful creatures -- with help from Florida Butterfly Gardening."--Daytona Beach News-Journal Daytona Beach News-Journal

"This is such a stunning book that it's easy to overlook its extensive scientific content. . . . This book works on several levels: as a textbook on butterfly behavior, a regional guidebook on common species, a garden planner, and an environmental handbook on the surprising diversity of habitats in the state."-- Butterfly Gardeners' Quarterly Butterfly Gardener's Quarterly

"If you have no butterfly gardening books in your collection, this is the one that should be there. If, like me, you have several already, add it anyway."-- Palm Beach Daily News Palm Beach Daily News

"If you want to learn more about butterfly gardening, Florida Butterfly Gardening by Mark C. Minno and Maria Minno, with illustrations by Diane Pierce, is the complete reference guide. . . . It is useful and well designed and covers butterfly biology, behavior, life cycle, and habitats."-- Gulf Coast Gardener Gulf Coast Gardener

"When it comes to new and exciting books about gardening and related subjects, turn to the University Press of Florida. It seems there is no stopping its parade of wonderful books for Florida gardeners. . . . A lovely book to read, to hold, to look at, and to use. . . . Florida Butterfly Gardening is your authentic guide in undertaking a 'butterfly friendly garden'. . . . It will help you identify every butterfly in Florida."-- Orlando Sentinel Orlando Sentinel

"It's easy to get caught up in this information-packed book. . . . Anyone who wants to identify butterflies or plant a butterfly-attracting garden will find all the information they need here."-- Garden News Garden News

"The most comprehensive reference available."-- Lakeland Ledger Lakeland Ledger

"This 210-page hardcover book is the most thorough I have seen on this interesting subject. . . . Schools will find this an important resource with more than 12 hands-on activities suitable for a learning experience."-- Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"I do not believe it is within a gardener's power to ask a question about Florida's butterflies or about the plants that attract and nourish them that will not be answered in this book. . . . Every phase of. . . planting and developing a butterfly garden is covered in detail. And the plants are pictured almost as profusely as the butterflies. . . . Verdict: No jury necessary, put this one on your shelf.-- Ocala Star-Banner Ocala Star-Banner

"This book is a nonfiction page-turner. Readers will be so intrigued by the stunningly beautiful photographs that they may be inspired to plant a butterfly garden before even finishing the book. The text is equally interesting. I cannot think of any age group that would not appreciate this book, and I enthusiastically recommend it to all public and school librarians and to anyone interested in butterflies." -The Science Teacher Science Teacher

"Beautiful, comprehensive, indispensable. There's no other gardening book like it. Buy it for yourself and give one to everyone you know who loves the beauty of nature." - SouthernGardening.com SouthernGardening.com

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