Recommendations for books made by our members. All links direct you to the website to assist you in purchasing the title to add to your library.

Butterflies & Moths

Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide, Rick Cech and Guy Tudor
Includes 234 species accounts, range maps, photos of butterflies and caterpillars. Also has photos of host plants. Not a pocket guide. No longer in print, but still available. It is considered one of the best guides ever written.

Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East, Jeffrey Glassberg
A good basic field guide with pictures as well as information about expected ranges & brood cycles.

The Butterflies of West Virginia and Their Caterpillars, Thomas J. Allen
A good reference for caterpillar identification.

Caterpillars in the Field and Garden, Thomas J. Allen, Jim P. Brock, Jeffrey Glassberg
This comprehensive guide contains all the information necessary to find and identify the butterfly caterpillars of North America.

Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America, Jim Brock and Kenn Kaufman
A comprehensive guide, has great pictures with helpful range maps.


A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina, Richard Dwight Porcher and Douglas Alan Rayner
Very useful for identifying that native flower or plant you see butterflies using.

Landscaping with Wildflowers, Jim Wilson.
If you are interested in working with native species this is a great reference.

Month-by-Month Gardening in the Carolinas, Bob Polomsky.
This is an excellent reference for helping stay on top of your gardening tasks. When to prune? When to plant? What to do in November?

South Carolina Gardener’s Guide, Jim Wilson.
Great information about gardening in South Carolina.

The Garden Primer, Barbara Damrosch.
“Good gardening is very simple, really. You just have to learn to think like a plant.”

The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques, Tracy DiSabato-Aust.
The title says it all.

Wild Flowers of North Carolina (2nd Edition), William S. Justice, et al.
The authors’ goal in this presentation of 500 native or naturalized plants in North Carolina is to open eyes, minds, and hearts to the story of the state’s wild flowers, their beauty, their interesting attributes, their uses, and in many cases, their plight.