Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. ii-v

Contents

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pp. vii-vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This book was originally written just for Texas but was expanded at the request of the publisher to include the southeastern states and titled Butterfly Gardening for the South. In this Texas A&M University Press edition, it has been brought back to its original focus with much updating, more information and corrections, and many new additional photographs. Since the original publication, butterfly ...

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Circle of Life

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pp. xi-xi

For Native Tribal peoples, the circle is singularly the most important symbol of our culture. For us it represents all of life with no beginning and no end, portraying the roundness of the All. Within our world, everything is of equal importance—animals, rocks, plants, the waters, the sky above, and the earth below. Within this ...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xiv

The state of Texas encompasses numerous and varied natural land regions—some of the most diverse in North America. In its wide expanse of almost 270,000 square miles of land, many climatic zones, geologic provinces, and botanical realms come together, creating especially rich and interesting biotic ...

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1. Understanding the Butterfly

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pp. 1-22

Butterflies, along with moths, are easily differentiated from all other insects. They belong to the order Lepidoptera, a name composed of two Greek words, lepis meaning “scale” and ptera meaning “wing,” combined to mean “scale-winged,” which aptly describes their most obvious feature. The wings, as well as the body, are ...

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2. Creating a Butterfly Garden

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pp. 23-46

As the natural habitat of butterflies is being drastically altered and in many instances destroyed entirely, there is much that the home gardener can do to take up the slack by providing these creatures with new areas where they can breed, find food, and lay ...

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3. A Planting Plan

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pp. 47-92

One objective of a butterfly garden is that it be properly established and, therefore, easily maintained with little disturbance to the butterflies. A gardener should be able to enjoy the butterflies in the garden and derive pleasure from the efforts to attract them, not ...

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4. An Instant Butterfly Garden

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pp. 93-102

If you are really excited about the prospect of attracting butterflies, but it is too late in the season to dig beds or set out trees and shrubbery, there is a way you can still make a butterfly garden almost instantly—use plants ...

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5. Let Nature Do It: Butterfly-Friendly Pest Controls

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pp. 103-116

Establishing a garden to attract certain caterpillars and adult butterflies is also going to invite other insects that may not be so welcome. In the natural world there are no “good” bugs or “bad” bugs. What we may occasionally consider obnoxious insects have their place and function in nature the same ...

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6. A Special South Texas Garden

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pp. 117-126

Gardeners in the semitropical area of the Rio Grande Valley have an excellent opportunity for attracting some of the rarest and most beautiful species of butterflies to be found in the state. Not only are there species that are permanent Texas residents only in the Valley area but there are some even less common species that come into South Texas ...

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7. Butterfly Profiles

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pp. 127-204

Following is a small sampling of the many species of butterflies to be found throughout the state. Some, such as the Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus franki) and the Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes asterius), can be found in gardens during the entire growing season. Others, such as the Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea) and ...

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8. Larval Food Plant Profiles

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pp. 205-312

Some of the best larval and nectar food plants that can be used in a butterfl y garden are described here and in chapter 9— space prohibits describing all the useful plants to be found in the state. If you use a plant profiled in this chapter and have poor results in attracting butterflies, the best thing to do ...

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9. Nectar Plant Profiles

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pp. 313-388

Nectar and the plants that produce it are the material that forms the very foundation of butterfl y attracting. A knowledge of good nectar-producing plants is most important, and a few familiar plants known to be good nectar producers are shown and described here. See chapter 8 for general explanations of the ...

Appendix

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pp. 389-406

Bibliography

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pp. 407-412

Index

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pp. 413-437