After reading the BUTTERFLIES issue of Nature's Course and WHERE BUTTERFLIES GROW:

*Dig up the lawn and plant native plants that will provide food for butterflies and hummingbirds. Butterfly bush, butterfly weed, cardinal flower, day lilies and many other native plants attract butterflies.

*Discuss metamorphosis which is accurately illustrated in this book about the black swallowtail butterfly.

Where Butterflies Grow
by Joanne Ryder/illustrated by L.C.

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Where Butterflies Grow describes the metamorphosis and life of a black swallowtail butterfly. As she was beginning to research this book in the early 1980's, Lynne searched for weeks until she was able to find a biologist, Jo Brewer, who had documented the entire life cycle of the black swallowtail in photographs. Lynne worked from those photographs to insure scientific accuracy.

The setting of this book is Lynne's back yard in Connecticut where she lived from the mid 1970's until the mid 1980's in a circa 1780 farmhouse.

Every year Lynne's perennial garden bloomed and she watched the black swallowtails flying among the Queen Anne's Lace.

When Lynne moved to Washington, DC, she dug up part of all her plants, put them in cardboard boxes lined with plastic bags, and flew with them down to DC. She transplanted them into a butterfly garden at her farm in the Catoctin Mountains where generations of butterflies continue to enjoy them.

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