The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada

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Cornell University Press, 1996 - Nature - 250 pages
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The Saturniidae are among the largest and showiest moths in North America. This comprehensive work covers the life history and taxonomy of a hundred species and subspecies of these Lepidoptera. The beautiful adults and larvae of all species are illustrated in thirty color plates, which are supported by line drawings of cocoons, distribution maps, and photographs of behavior. More than a natural history guide, this book includes chapters in population biology, life history strategies, disease and parasitoids, and the importance of silk moths of human culture. The systematic account emphasizes genetic differences among populations and the process of speciation and presents new information on experimental hybridization and life histories. For the student, researcher, and naturalist, here is practical information on collecting, rearing, and conducting original research. The entire text is referenced to an extensive bibliography. Paul M. Tuskes recieved his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in entomology and is the author of more than twenty scientific papers on moths. James P. Tuttle, a detective-lieutenant with the Michigan State Police has extensively collected, reared, and photographed saturniid moths, and served as an officer in the Lepidopterist's Society. Michael M. Collins, a research associate with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, earned his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Davis. His research interests include speciation and natural hybridization.
  

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An entomologist (Tuskes), collector (James P. Tuttle), and zoologist (Michael M. Collins), all having a common interest in wild silk moths (family Saturniidae) have combined their expertise to write ... Read full review

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This is a great book for learning about and rearing these fantastic moths. Anyone who is an insect lover should have a copy of this book in their library.

Contents

Introduction
1
Life History Strategies
9
Parasitism
24
Populations Species and Taxonomy
30
Collecting
39
Rearing
45
Silk Moths and Human Culture
52
Subfamily Ceratocampinae
59
Automeris
149
Subfamily Saturniinae
162
Rothschildia
187
HostParasitoid Records
217
Saturniid Hybrids
224
Subject Index
241
Index to Host Plants
247
Copyright

Subfamily Hemileucinae
95

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About the author (1996)

Michael M. Collins is a scientific research associate in the section of Invertebrate Zoology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. He is a coauthor of Wild Silk Moths of North America and has published widely in the fields of Natural hybridization and speciation. He lives in Nevada City, California.

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