Saturday, April 9, 2011

Butterflies and Mouldiwarps

As our cumulative project for Botany is designing and planting a butterfly garden for the school... I have found a great butterfly book for those living in the U.S. east of the great plains. Fantastic resource!

Butterflies East of the Great Plains: An Illustrated Natural Historyby Paul A. Opler and George O. Krizek.

Out of print... often imitated, never duplicated... detailed descriptions of more than 250 species, 324 full color photographs of butterflies alive and in their natural habitats (not chilled specimens), over 250 distribution maps... entry for each species includes physical characteristics, range, reproduction, host plants and nectar plants, and the derivation of its scientific name.

Used copies on Amazon begin at $19. Great value!

The other book I've been tracking down is in reference to the "Mouldiwarp." My neighboring teacher, with whom I'm teaching botany, remembers fondly a children's book about this little animal (this is the Scottish word for 'mole') and wants us to share it with our class next Monday when we do the parts of the soil. The only book I found online when searching through Amazon was The House of Ardenby E. Nesbit, originally published in 1908. In this book the children encounter a magical Mouldiwarp.

But she was certain that there was a children's book just simply called The Mouldiwarp and I'm not sure if anyone out there is familiar with this book??? Please let me know.

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