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Hummingbirds and butterflies / Bill Thompson III and Connie Toops.


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Thompson, Bill, 1962-
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub., c2011.
  • Book
  • xv, 288 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
"Bird Watcher's Digest."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 276-279) and index.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Hummingbirds
  • Chapter 1: What Is a Hummingbird?
  • Hummingbird life history
  • Did you know?
  • Myths debunked
  • Chapter 2: Watching Hummingbirds
  • Finding Hummingbirds
  • Hummingbird anatomy
  • Identifying hummingbirds
  • Hummingbird behavior
  • Chapter 3: Attracting And Feeding Hummingbirds
  • Flowers versus feeders
  • Choosing a feeder
  • Feeder placement
  • General feeding rules
  • Ten tips for attracting hummingbirds
  • Chapter 4: Plants For Hummingbirds
  • Planning your hummingbird habitat
  • Bird-friendly plants
  • Chapter 5: Hummer Garden Plan
  • Regional plant lists
  • Plants for container gardens
  • Seasonal progression of blossoms
  • Chapter 6: Troubleshooting
  • Chapter 7: Hummingbird Species Profiles
  • Identifying hummingbirds
  • Species profiles
  • Chapter 8: What Is A Butterfly?
  • Butterfly biology
  • Butterfly life history
  • Did you know?
  • Myths debunked
  • Chapter 9: Watching Butterflies
  • Finding butterflies
  • Identifying butterflies
  • Butterfly behavior
  • Chapter 10: Attracting And Feeding Butterflies
  • Habitat requirements
  • Chapter 11: Plants For Butterflies
  • Planning your butterfly habitat
  • Butterfly-friendly plants
  • Healthy backyard ecosystems
  • Container gardens
  • Chapter 12: Butterfly Garden Plan
  • Regional plant lists
  • Plants for special interest gardens
  • Seasonal progression of blossoms
  • Chapter 13: Troubleshooting And FAQS
  • Predators
  • Hazards
  • Butterfly conservation
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Chapter 14: Butterfly Species Profiles
  • Kindred butterflies
  • Species profiles
  • Appendix 1: Photographing hummingbirds
  • Appendix 2: Photographing butterflies
  • Resources
  • Photography and illustration credits
  • Index.
"Hummingbirds and butterflies are some of the most beautiful visitors to a backyard, but they can also be some of the most elusive. This second collaboration between the Peterson Field Guide series and Bird Watchers Digest includes tips on how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to backyards and how to identify them once they have arrived. Bill Thompson III and Connie Toops have decades of firsthand experience and have written the book in a fun, lighthearted style, providing both amateur and veteran nature watchers with need-to-know information, including where hummingbirds and butterflies live, what they eat, and the best garden plants to attract them. The species profiles of the 15 most common hummingbirds and 40 most common butterflies serve as a field guide, showing ranges, identifying marks, and preferred habitats. Full-color photographs and detailed drawings make attracting, identifying, and feeding these colorful creatures a snap"-- Provided by publisher. "Second in a three-book series on watching birds in the backyard: backyard bird ID, bird feeding, hummingbirds, bluebirds, bird houses, gardening for birds, etc"-- Provided by publisher.
Toops, Connie M.
Peterson field guides
Peterson field guide series.
Backyard bird guides.

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