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The Family Butterfly Book

- Raise your own butterflies!

– Create a butterfly habitat with 15 projects and activities

– Close-ups of 40 favorite North American butterflies

Everyone enjoys seeing butterflies flitting about on a warm summer day, but few people realize that many species are endangered. Without help, nine out of ten caterpillars won’t survive long enough to become butterflies. The “grandfather of butterfly farming,” Rick Mikula, wants to improve these odds. In The Family Butterfly Book, Rick shares his vast knowledge, contagious enthusiasm, and deep respect for these fascinating creatures.

Though many of us know that caterpillars turn into butterflies, Rick explains the transformation from start to finish – egg to caterpillar to chrysallis to butterfly – and reveals where each stage can be found in the wilds of our own backyards. With stunning color photographs and detailed illustrations, Rick explains how to attract, safely catch and handle, and raise and support butterflies. He also discusses how to make irresistible habitats for butterflies and emphasizes the importance of basking sites, water sources, and shelter. Did you ever want to hand-feed a butterfly? Have a live-butterfly tree? Feature butterflies in special celebrations? Rick explains all that and more.

Features many do-it-yourelf projects that can be completed for under $10 and 2% of net profitswill be donated to the a butterfly survival fund.

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  • gift for butterfly lovers
  • gift for nature lovers
  • butterflies

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Tags: butterfly, Book, Family, stunning color photographs, butterfly farming


  1. christinemm - The Thinking Mother says:

    Lots of information and projects for families This book is unbelievable. The paper is glossy and heavyweight. There are photographs throughout. The text is interspersed with sidebars, tidbits, and photographs.

  2. Thea M. Ryan says:

    Must-have for Butterfly Loving Families! If you have a child in your family that loves butterflies, this is a book you must own. Rick Mikula covers every aspect of butterflies in the colorful pages. You’ll learn ways to raise butterflies at home with your family, best ways to watch them, plants they like and so much more!

  3. "iloveprovence" says:

    Gorgeous and special! I didn’t know there was a grandfather of butterfly farming, but I found this book and what a gem it is! This detailed book is a beautiful guide to learning about butterflies. The author provides information about butterflies and then shows how to attract and study them. The experience is quite extensive and provides projects to enhance creative study. Fantastic for home and classroom!

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