Gardening for Moths is the first book to show midwestern gardeners and naturalists why they should attract specific moth species to their properties and how to do it. The book’s stunning color photographs and intriguing facts reveal the fascinating world of these insects, inspiring readers to incorporate moth-loving native plants into their landscapes. The authors emphasize the importance of moths and their caterpillars to ecological food webs, widening the book’s appeal to birders and bat lovers as well.
The book consists of three main sections, beginning with a thorough overview of moths, including their
- population decline and conservation,
- importance in ecosystems,
- relationship with native plants, and
- predators and defenses
In addition, this first section features tips on how to attract and photograph moths at night.
In the next section the authors profile about 140 plant species, providing brief background, natural history, habitat, and growing notes for each along with lists of potential moths the plants may attract.
The third section highlights approximately 150 moth species, ordered taxonomically. These accounts include interesting facts about the life history of both the caterpillar and adult moth of each species. Each account also features a list of the species’ common host plants.
Throughout the volume, inset text boxes provide additional fascinating moth facts. Beautiful photographs (most by the authors) illustrate every included plant and moth species. Select references, online resources, and quick reference tables round out this valuable resource.
From NPU: There are few other single resources that can be compared to the knowledge gathered in this book. In addition to the above, it has so many neat tidbits in it! Aquatic caterpillars?? The thing with the ear mites??? Whether your interest in Lepidoptera is as a cornerstone of the ecosystem or for neat little guys, this one's for you.
Specs: Full Color, Paperback, 280 Pages, 7x10 Inches, Published 2023