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Books on Butterflies

Updated on March 14, 2014

Books on Butterflies

There are many books on butterflies that can teach you more about the life of a butterfly, how to identify one, or what you can do to attract more butterflies into your yard.

This collection is a list of some of the best books on butterflies in a number of categories - childrens books, butterfly identification, and general butterfly knowledge. If you are interested in learning more about this elegant species, read on! You just might find a fantastic book to teach you new facts about butterflies.

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Children's Books on Butterflies

Do you have a child who is interested in learning more about butterflies? There are many books on butterflies written for every age group. Take a look at a few of these great choices.

National Geographic Readers

The National Geographic Readers series is designed for slightly older readers (ages 8 to 11 would probably be the perfect range, depending on your child's reading level). This book on butterflies sells for aroung $4, making is a great bargain as well as an interesting read.

National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies

The National Geographic Readers series is designed for slightly older readers (ages 8 to 11 would probably be the perfect range, depending on your child's reading level). This book on butterflies sells for aroung $4, making is a great bargain as well as an interesting read.

One of the featured butterflies in this book is the monarch, which makes one of the most impressive migrations in the animal kingdom. This butterfly can migrate as far as 3000 miles in a short period of time, only to make the return trip when the weather changes. Your young reader will enjoy learning more about why animals migrate and what butterflies make the trips.

 

Butterfly Identification

Where do you turn if you have butterflies in your yard and want to learn more about what species they are? There are many identification guides available that will help you discover more about butterflies. Some guides narrow in on a regional population of butterflies, while others (like the Smithsonian Handbook) are more comprehensive with worldwide species.

Butterfly Gardening and Identification

Are you looking for something that combines all the books on butterflies that you have seen so far? There are some comprehensive tomes that cover identification, behavior, and butterfly gardening.

Stokes Butterfly Book : The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior
Stokes Butterfly Book : The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior

Are you looking for something that combines all the books on butterflies that you have seen so far? There are some comprehensive tomes that cover identification, behavior, and butterfly gardening.

Do you want to attract more butterflies to your backyard? Then what you need is information on butterfly gardening. This book will show you what plants to put in your yard to attract more caterpillars and adult butterflies. Plus, it provides information on how to identify the different species after you attract them.

 

More on Butterfly Gardening

Are you interested in attracting hummingbirds in addition to butterflies? Do you life in Florida? Butterfly gardening can be very different depending on your goals and where you live. Check out these other books on butterfly gardening to see if there is something that perfectly meets your needs.

Coffee Table Books on Butterflies

I am a big collector of coffee table books - those impressive, image-filled volumes that are perfect to flip through. My favorite selections are ones on nature. With a talented photographer like Harold Feinstein, this book on butterflies is a beautiful choice to impress your guests.

One Hundred Butterflies
One Hundred Butterflies

Photographer Harold Feinstein truly captures the beauty of butterflies, featuring images of 100 different butterflies from around this world. This beautiful coffee table book is also being sold at a bargain price, making it an impressive addition to your collection at an affordable price.

 

Internet Resources on Butterflies

There are many websites on butterflies that can help you begin your research. These articles serve as great introductions to help you decide if you want to learn more about butterfly identification and gardening!

Do you have a favorite book on butterflies? - Share it here now!

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      techmom 4 years ago

      Soon we will have butterflies again. I can't wait! These books on butterflies will definitely help the kids learn more about them.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      My sister used to collect butterflies. When we went on holiday we had to stop at many fields for her to hunt.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Butterflies are a joy. Nice book selection!

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      nice selection... our school's kindergarten classes study butterflies.. I'll pass the list on to the teachers.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      I love butterflies, and I'd like to get a couple books on identifying butterflies. You have great butterfly book choices here.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies is mine, and I'm happy to say it looks like I'll be using it soon - butterflies are showing up early in eastern Canada this year!