Highway authors release new book

2015-07-28 15:41
Upper Highway authors, Steve Woodhall and Lindsay Gray, with their new book ‘Gardening for Butterflies’.  
Photo: supplied

Upper Highway authors, Steve Woodhall and Lindsay Gray, with their new book ‘Gardening for Butterflies’. Photo: supplied

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UPPER Highway authors, Steve Woodhall and Lindsay Gray, have just released their new book - Gardening for Butterflies - countrywide.

Identifying a gap in the marketplace for a book that not only identifies butterfly and moth species that can be attracted to most gardens, it also discusses a step-by-step method of designing and planting an effective butterfly garden.

Woodhall is not only a respected lepidopterist and president of the Lepidopterist Society of Africa, he has authored and co-authored six books. Gray is the principal of South Africa’s oldest garden design schools and has written two books on garden design.

Gardening for Butterflies shows how to attract these beautiful winged insects to our gardens, providing easy instructions for planning and planting a garden that will cater for the greatest number and diversity of butterflies. Using Woodhall’s Gillitts garden as a case study that Gray redesigned, it includes a recommended layout and plant list for this area, as well as suggestions for regions around the country.

The book is filled with photographs of 95 garden butterflies and moths, including their full life cycles, from egg to caterpillar, pupa and butterfly. Photography and concise text ensure accurate identification of each stage in the cycle, and an interesting introduction discusses the extraordinary process of metamorphosis and the curious habits of these mercurial insects. Included in the book are several gardens (three from KZN, one in Highveld and one in Eastern Cape

) that offer a variety of ideal habitats for butterflies.

Whether you’re tempted to undertake a full-scale transformation of your garden to attract butterflies, make smaller adjustments to it, or if you simply want to identify insects already visiting your space, this book will amaze and enchant you. - Supplied

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