Author: Charles and Julia Botha
Bring Butterflies Back
Awarded a University of KwaZulu-Natal Book Prize, BRING BUTTERFLIES BACK TO YOUR GARDEN is a follow-up to the much acclaimed BRING NATURE BACK TO YOUR GARDEN. It is unique in being the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information on South African butterfly larval food-plants, as all known indigenous food-plants are included.
Essentially a gardening and not a butterfly book, it emphasises the contribution people can make to nature by actually providing food for caterpillars, instead of trying to eliminate them. Most useful are descriptions of over 500 plants selected by our butterflies themselves, with information on what species of butterfly larvae each plant supports. Technical jargon is avoided and common names are always provided, making it easy for gardeners and prompting eminent butterfly expert, Steve Woodhall, to proclaim “What a brilliant book! It will make butterfly gardening accessible to the public like nothing before…”
Humour is used very effectively to spread a conservation message via the popular hobby of gardening. Yet it is also a practical tool that can also be taken on outings and holidays to help locate butterfly species, by observing their favourite plants. In addition, it is also an important scientific work of use to natural scientists and lepidopterists, in the words of leading scientist, Dr John Ledger: “This wonderful book contains an astonishing amount of information, yet is an easy to use practical guide to attracting butterflies”.