We love the story author Sally Roth tells
about the butterfly that tried to sip nectar from a caterpillar. It wasn't
just any caterpillar but one that looked like bird droppings. You may not
know this (we certainly didn't), but some Butterflies like a little nectar from bird droppings
now and then. Anyway, this one butterfly would land on the caterpillar and
the caterpillar would shudder and then the butterfly would fly off. But,
this was a stubborn butterfly and it continued to land on the 'bird
dropping' caterpillar, even putting out its proboscis to test for nectar.
After a while, the Butterfly gave up on that 'dropping' and tried the one
next to it. The same scene ensued until finally the Butterfly gave up all
together. You just never know what will happen in the
If you have never read one of Ms. Roth's
books you are in for a real treat. Her writing style is wittily
informative which makes us enjoy our lessons. She not only teaches us which
plants to use in our gardens to attract both these winged wonders, but how
to create the kinds of gardens they prefer. Shelter, water, host plants for
butterfly caterpillars, and even fruit feeders and hibernating boxes are
among the topics within these pages.
the only problem with this book is that you will be so busy looking at all
the colorful photos and how-to diagrams that you will keep losing your place
among the words. Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds to your Backyard is a
worthwhile book for anyone looking to attract a little life into the garden.