I’ve Been Bit by the Butterfly Bug

Giant Swallowtail

Many friends (and friends of friends) have asked me, “How can I learn more too?” So here’s the next chapter of my story. Truthfully, I still consider myself quite the novice. I’m happily learning more and more each day, and happy to share what I’ve found out so far.

I started with a few books, then researched on the internet, and ultimately cultivated personal connection with other butterfly people. I just knew I couldn’t be the only person who had been bit by the butterfly bug (and no, they don’t really bite).

Our first butterfly book in the collection, How to Raise Monarch Butterflies by Carol Pasternak, was our everyday instruction manual when raising Rosey. It’s a great book for the whole family that is specific to raising Monarchs. I highly recommend it!

Other good butterfly books I would recommend:

A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America, by Jeffrey Glassberg

Butterflies of Houston & Southeast Texas, by John & Gloria Tveten

Butterflies and Moths (Golden Guide), by Robert T. Mitchell and Herbert S. Zim

The Family Butterfly Book, by Rick Mikula

Field Guides  are a MUST HAVE if you are going on butterfly hikes and want to identify what you see:

Butterflies of Southeast Texas and the Upper Texas Coast, John & Gloria Tveten

Texas Butterflies & Moths, by James Kavanagh and Raymond Leung

Butterflies of South Texas including the Lower Rio Grande Valley, by Roland “Ro” Wauer and Jim Brock

In addition to the books and guides, I wanted to learn from other butterfly experts and enthusiasts.  I have nearly 15 years of experience in the recruiting and staffing industry, so naturally I did what I know how to do best….network. I linked up to people and joined groups on Facebook to further my knowledge. Everyone I’ve met online has been extremely nice and willing to teach and share the joy of butterflying.

Facebook and Blogging Butterfly Experts that I follow:

Carol Pasternak/The Monarch Crusader

Edith Smith /Shady Oak Butterfly Farm

Monika Moore/California Butterfly Lady

Brenda Dziedzic/Brenda’s Butterfly Habitat

Suzanne Tilton/The Butterfly Lady

Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas (group)

Butterfly Enthusiasts (group)

The National Butterfly Center

Monika Maeckle/ Texas Butterfly Ranch (blog)