Lillian Stokes, that is. Not only did she co-author my favorite field guide, but I also bought my bird photography camera (Canon SX 50 HS) largely on her recommendation. And now, just today, I got my Stokes Butterfly Book in the mail, which will help me identify the beauties that have been flitting about my front yard flowers.
Like this Tiger Swallowtail, which happens to be the butterfly featured on the book’s cover.
I haven’t read far enough to know if this is a “she” or a “he”, but for now, we’ll call her a she because of her loveliness. Some butterflies are a little less glamorous – more moth-like – we’ll call them “he’s”, okay? She loved hanging out on this orange flower (can you tell that my next purchase should be a flower identification guide?) but also took some time to investigate the Sunflowers. There is a section in the book on gardening to attract butterflies, which I am looking forward to reading. I’m thinking next season I will bribe my hubby (he likes my bribes 🙂 ) to purposefully plant flowers that lure these lovelies to our yard.
By the way…if you’re considering buying a camera for bird photography, check out this Stokes Birding Blog post.