How to Spot Butterflies

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Nature - 160 pages
In a recent article, the New York Times Magazine described butterfly watching as the fastest-growing segment of nature recreation. Little wonder - butterflies are beautiful, exotic, interesting, and observable by anyone, virtually anywhere, young or old, urban or rural. Consummate teachers, the Suttons use the same easy-to-understand style that has made both of their previous books in the How to Spot series bestsellers. Taking up where field guides leave off, they reveal which habitats are sure to hold large butterfly populations and which specific host plants attract butterflies. They address how to use binoculars and share the secrets of how to approach a butterfly without scaring it off. Environmentally sensitive and unobtrusive observation is emphasized, not outdated netting and collecting. Exceptional nectar sources, which are feeding grounds for vast numbers of butterflies, are described. Full-color photographs appear throughout. The Suttons' proven butterfly-watching techniques
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
EQUIPMENT
38
FINDING BUTTERFLIES
44
THROUGH THE SEASONS
66
AROUND THE COUNTRY
78
GARDENING FOR Butterflies
94
BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION
108
Butterflies
117
Brushfooted Butterflies
126
Skippers
141
Further Information
147
Index
154
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About the author (1999)

Clay Sutton is a freelance writer, naturalist, lecturer, and tour leader.

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