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Gardening for Butterflies

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July 2015
About the book: 

Eco-friendly gardening is fast catching on. Butterfl ies are visible signs of a healthy garden, and, with their whimsical fl ight patterns and glorious colours, they are among the most alluring of our aerial visitors.

Gardening for Butterflies shows how to attract these beautiful insects, giving step-by-step instructions for planning and planting a garden that will cater for the greatest number and diversity of butterflies. Using a Durban garden as a case study, it includes a recommended
layout and plant lists for this area, as well as for other regions around the country.
The book showcases 95 garden butterflies and moths, showing their full life cycle, including pupa, eggs and caterpillar. Stunning photography and point-form text ensure accurate identifi cation of each stage in the cycle, and an interesting introduction discusses such topics as the extraordinary process of metamorphosis and the curious habits of these mercurial insects.

Whether you’re tempted to undertake a full-scale transformation of your garden to attract butterfl ies, make smaller adjustments to it, or if you simply want to identify those insects already visiting your space, this book will amaze and enchant you.

About the Author
Lindsay Gray is trained in garden design, as well as photography and journalism. She is a regular contributor to The Gardener  magazine and has authored and co-authored A Sense of Space: The Gardens of Jan Blok  and Making Sense of Garden Design, respectively. Lindsay is principal of The School of Garden Design, where she teaches and encourages her students to garden in an eco-friendly manner.
Steve Woodhall is a butterfly enthusiast and photographer who began watching and collecting butterflies at an early age. He is President of the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa, and has contributed to and authored several books, including Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa  and the popular What’s that Butterfly?

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