Butterfly Life

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Butterfly Life: How Butterflies are Born, Live and Support the Earth’s Ecosystems. In this guide we learn the four stages of butterfly life cycles, how they navigate during migration, and ways to support conservation. PDF, 43 pages, 8½x11″, immediate download. Also in paperback on Lulu.com

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Often when I watch butterflies, I feel a kinship. I watch these beautiful creatures as they go about their day. I wanted to understand how they live and move here on Mother Earth. I wanted to know their life cycle and each stage they pass through. I wanted to learn about Butterfly Life.

What I learned and You Will Too

Now when I watch a butterfly as it flutters from flower to flower I know their proboscis (the tube like tongue they use to sip nectar),  I know when and how it is formed. Nectar and host plants provide needed food, but other elements such as leaf litter and mud also are part of a butterfly survival. I know about the mysterious process of metamorphosis and the mysteries it still holds. I know butterflies navigate using the stars. I learned about how they live, their responsibilities, and role in the ecosystems they inhabit.  What I learned in this guide, I put into this guide.

Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus) Swallowtail (Papilionidae) Family. Photo by Donna L. Long.
Zebra Swallowtail butterfly (Eurytides marcellus) Swallowtail (Papilionidae) Family. Photo by Donna L. Long.

What Butterfly Life Teaches

This is not a identification guide, there are plenty of those. Butterfly Life: How Butterflies are Born, Live, and Support the Earth’s Ecosystems, fills in the blanks where a book that simply names names, leaves off. I explain scientific concepts and terms in everyday language.

I hope I conveyed some of the wonder I felt as I researched and watched the butterflies. I hope you find it helpful as you continue on your journey to really know this Earth and the creatures who live here with us.

Contents

  • INTRODUCTION
  • ECOSYSTEM ROLE,
  • A SHORT LIFE CYCLE
  • EGGS
  • LARVA (Caterpillar)
  • CHRYSALIS
  • ADULT
  • A BUTTERFLY’S YEAR
  • BUTTERFLIES IN SPRING
  • BUTTERFLIES IN SUMMER
  • BUTTERFLIES IN AUTUMN
  • BUTTERFLIES IN WINTER
  • OBSERVING BUTTERFLIES
  • BUTTERFLY NATURE JOURNAL
  • CONSERVATION
  • RESOURCES

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Butterfly Life: How Butterflies are Born, Live, and Support the Earth’s Ecosystems is available for immediate download as a pdf and paperback.

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