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For my father—Frank J. Carlisle, Jr.—the blue-eyed
sailor, who is my source for all things wise and wonderful.
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in the natural world and our place in it. —S. L.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Victoria Rock, editor, and Sara Gillingham, book designer,


for their wisdom and dedication to quality in children’s books.

Jeffrey S. Pippen, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; Nicky Davis, Wild Utah Project, Butterflies
and Moths; Linden Gledhill, photographer, Philadelphia, PA; Adrian Hoskins, LearnAboutButterflies.com, Hampshire,
England; Teh Su Phin, Panang Butterfly Farm, Malaysia; Lizanne Whiteley, Conservation of Butterflies in South Africa;
Robert N. Wiedenmann, Dept. of Entomology, University of Arkansas; Silvia Mecenero, South African Butterfly
Conservation Assessment; Steve Woodhall, President, Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa; Jean-Claude Petit,
Butterflies of Sangau National Park, Ecuador; Niklas Wahlberg, Dept. of Biology, University of Turku, Finland;
Andr Victor Lucci Freitas, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, S o Paulo, Brazil;
Museum Victoria’s Discovery Centre, Victoria, Australia; Gareth S. Welsh, Butterfly World,
Stockton-on-Tees, England; Thomas Neubauer, ButterflyCorner.net, Germany; John J. Obrycki, Chair,
Dept. of Entomology, University of Kentucky; Halmar Taschner, South African Nursery Assoc.; Melani Hugo,
Butterfly Garden at Ludwig’s Rose Farm, Gauteng, South Africa; Tim Loh, British Columbia, Canada

Text ©
2011 by Dianna Aston.
Illustrations ©
2011 by Sylvia Long.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced
in any form without written permission from the publisher.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


Aston, Dianna Hutts.
A butterfly is patient / by Dianna Aston ; illustrated by Sylvia Long.
p. cm.
ISBN 978-0-8118-6479-4
1. Butterflies—Juvenile literature. I. Long, Sylvia. II. Title.
QL544.2.A87 2011
595.78’9—dc22
2010008548

Book design by Sara Gillingham.


Sylvia Long
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Handlettered by Anne Robin and Sylvia Long.
The illustrations in this book were rendered in watercolor.

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Manufactured by Toppan Leefung, Da Ling Shan Town, Dongguan, China, in December 2010

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For my Sri Lankan friend and diviner of codes,

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Dilshan Madawala. —D. A.

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ot
Sp
For my father—Frank J. Carlisle, Jr.—the blue-eyed
sailor, who is my source for all things wise and wonderful.
Among other things, he taught me the value of an interest
in the natural world and our place in it. —S. L.

yed S
e-E a
lu il o
r
B

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

Victoria Rock, editor, and Sara Gillingham, book designer,


for their wisdom and dedication to quality in children’s books.

Jeffrey S. Pippen, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; Nicky Davis, Wild Utah Project, Butterflies
and Moths; Linden Gledhill, photographer, Philadelphia, PA; Adrian Hoskins, LearnAboutButterflies.com, Hampshire,
England; Teh Su Phin, Panang Butterfly Farm, Malaysia; Lizanne Whiteley, Conservation of Butterflies in South Africa;
Robert N. Wiedenmann, Dept. of Entomology, University of Arkansas; Silvia Mecenero, South African Butterfly
Conservation Assessment; Steve Woodhall, President, Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa; Jean-Claude Petit,
Butterflies of Sangau National Park, Ecuador; Niklas Wahlberg, Dept. of Biology, University of Turku, Finland;
Andr Victor Lucci Freitas, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, S o Paulo, Brazil;
Museum Victoria’s Discovery Centre, Victoria, Australia; Gareth S. Welsh, Butterfly World,
Stockton-on-Tees, England; Thomas Neubauer, ButterflyCorner.net, Germany; John J. Obrycki, Chair,
Dept. of Entomology, University of Kentucky; Halmar Taschner, South African Nursery Assoc.; Melani Hugo,
Butterfly Garden at Ludwig’s Rose Farm, Gauteng, South Africa; Tim Loh, British Columbia, Canada

Text ©
2011 by Dianna Aston.
Illustrations ©
2011 by Sylvia Long.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced
in any form without written permission from the publisher.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


Aston, Dianna Hutts.
A butterfly is patient / by Dianna Aston ; illustrated by Sylvia Long.
p. cm.
ISBN 978-0-8118-6479-4
1. Butterflies—Juvenile literature. I. Long, Sylvia. II. Title.
QL544.2.A87 2011
595.78’9—dc22
2010008548

Book design by Sara Gillingham.


Sylvia Long
on
Ast
Handlettered by Anne Robin and Sylvia Long.
The illustrations in this book were rendered in watercolor.

t ts
Hu
Manufactured by Toppan Leefung, Da Ling Shan Town, Dongguan, China, in December 2010

a
nn
1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

This product conforms to CPSIA 2008. ia


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680 Second Street, San Francisco, California 94107
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and pipevine swallowtails eat poisonous plants as
caterpillars so that they become poisonous as adults.
Birds and other insects have learned not to eat them!