Welcome to the buzzing and beautiful world of hummingbirds and
butterflies. These two types of creatures may not be related taxonomically;
after all, hummingbirds are birds, and butterflies are insects.
But to those of us who love them, they are related in several ways.
Hummingbirds and butterflies are experts at flying, they can be quite
colorful in appearance, and they are easily attracted to our yards, gardens,
and even our patios and windowsills.
This book will help you enhance your enjoyment of hummingbirds
and butterflies, no matter where you live in North America. We will
guide you along the path to attracting more of these delightful creatures
and to identifying them when you see them.
My coauthor for this book is Connie Toops, a lifelong naturalist,
knowledgeable gardener, talented photographer, and the author of
many books and articles on natural history topics. Connie has a special
interest in gardening for wildlife, so she was the perfect coauthor
for this project. Connie wrote the text for all of the butterfly chapters,
as well as the chapters “Plants for Hummingbirds” and “A Hummer
Garden Plan.” She also contributed many of the photographs in
I wrote all of the hummingbird chapters as well as some of the front
and back matter of the book.
We hope you’ll enjoy Hummingbirds and Butterflies, which we’re
proud to contribute as a volume in the legendary Peterson Field
—Bill Thompson III