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Best-selling Field GuidesKaufman Field Guide to
Butterflies of North America
by Jim P. Brock & Kenn Kaufman
The National Audubon
Society Field Guide to
North American Butterflies
by Robert Michael Pyle
A Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies
by Paul A. Opler, Roger Tory Petersen & Vichai Malikul
Caterpillars in the Field and Garden:
A Field Guide to the Butterfly
Caterpillars of North America
by Thomas J. Allen, James P. Brock & Jeffery Glassberg
Butterflies through Binoculars:
A Field Guide to the
Butterflies of Florida
by Jeffrey Glassberg
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Favorite Children’s BooksHow to Raise Monarch Butterflies:
A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids
by Carol Pasternak
Waiting for Wings
by Lois Ehlert
Ten Little Caterpillars
by Bill Martin, Jr. & Lois Ehlert
Gotta Go! Gotta Go!
by Sam Swope & Sue Riddle
My, Oh My–a Butterfly!
All About Butterflies
by Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz & Joe Mathieu
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Host-Plant Seeds for Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly CaterpillarsDill (Anethum graveolens)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea)
Curled Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
Rue (Ruta graveolens)
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Adding a fruit feeder to your butterfly garden can help attract butterflies. Many butterflies do not live on flower nectar alone. Some species prefer, even require, overripe fruit to feed on. Butterflies are particularly fond of sliced, rotting oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, apples and bananas.
By placing sliced oranges and watermelon inside a suet bird feeder you can make this simple butterfly feeder.
This easily-assembled butterfly feeder is a clay saucer with sliced cantaloupe that was positioned on top of a hanging plant basket. It was hung in a Plum Tree (Prunus spp.), which happens to be a host plant for the Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis) seen feeding here.
My friend, Jill Streit-Murphy, hangs out a rotten banana in her garden. There are so many butterflies you can’t even see the fruit!
While in Costa Rica last summer, I set out some fruit in a bird bath and attracted amazingly beautiful butterflies.
Keep ants at bay by hanging your butterfly feeder with an ant guard. Whether you use the kind shown here with a small bit of pesticide tucked inside where it doesn’t come in contact with the butterflies or the type that you keep filled with water and a few drops of cooking oil, ant guards are essential equipment when using butterfly feeders.