Patricia Taylor Sutton, program director and naturalist at Cape
May Point State Park (New Jersey), teams with her husband, Clay Sutton, to
write an engaging book on butterfly watching and gardening. Attractive
photos by the duo illustrate many butterfly species and habitats; resource
Sutton acknowledges her debt to butterfly expert Robert Michael
Pyle, including a quote from his book, Handbook for Butterfly Watchers . Indeed, the subject matter is
remarkably similar. So why own both books?
The most obvious difference is the Suttons' color photography
(Pyle's book has black-and-white drawings). How to Spot Butterflies
reflects the past few years' explosion in butterfly-watching, made popular
by the North American Butterfly Association, with its binoculars-only
philosophy. For example, there is a section on tours and group etiquette.
I have spent hours watching butterflies with Pyle, and I sense
that I'd love to spend some time at Cape May with Sutton, too. And that's
why I treasure both books--the authors' personalities and knowledge
complement each other.
This review is graciously provided by Claire Hagan Dole.