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)
Monika Maeckle/ Texas Butterfly Ranch (blog)