Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, Apr 25, 2010 - Nature - 512 pages
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This lavishly illustrated guide will enable you to identify the caterpillars of nearly 700 butterflies and moths found east of the Mississippi. The more than 1,200 color photographs and two dozen line drawings include numerous exceptionally striking images. The giant silk moths, tiger moths, and many other species covered include forest pests, common garden guests, economically important species, and of course, the Mescal Worm and Mexican Jumping Bean caterpillars. Full-page species accounts cover almost 400 species, with up to six images per species including an image of the adult plus succinct text with information on distribution, seasonal activity, foodplants, and life history. These accounts are generously complemented with additional images of earlier instars, closely related species, noteworthy behaviors, and other intriguing aspects of caterpillar biology.

Many caterpillars are illustrated here for the first time. Dozens of new foodplant records are presented and erroneous records are corrected. The book provides considerable information on the distribution, biology, and taxonomy of caterpillars beyond that available in other popular works on Eastern butterflies and moths. The introductory chapter covers caterpillar structure, life cycles, rearing, natural enemies, photography, and conservation. The section titled "Caterpillar Projects" will be of special interest to educators.

Given the dearth of accessible guides on the identification and natural history of caterpillars, Caterpillars of Eastern North America is a must for entomologists and museum curators, forest managers, conservation biologists and others who seek a compact, easy-to-use guide to the caterpillars of this vast region.

  • A compact guide to nearly 700 caterpillars east of the Mississippi, from forest pests to garden guests and economically important species
  • 1,200 color photos and 24 line drawings enable easy identification
  • Full-page species accounts with image of adult insect for almost 400 species, plus succinct text on distribution and other vital information
  • Many caterpillars illustrated here for the first time
  • Current information on distribution, biology, and taxonomy not found in other popular works
  • A section geared toward educators, "Caterpillar Projects"
  • An indispensable resource for all who seek an easy-to-use guide to the caterpillars of this vast region
  

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User Review  - Brooke Gilley - Goodreads

If anyone wants a good comprehensive guide to caterpillars as well as their adult form this is the book for you. I have used a small Peterson guide for caterpillars and it was hard to use since it is limited in the selection of caterpillars. From one naturalist to another this is a great book. Read full review

Review: Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History

User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

The first book to attempt a comprehensive treatment of most butterfly and moth larvae found east of the Mississippi. Photographs are given for all the species and a brief natural history description ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

David L. Wagner is Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. He is coauthor of two United States Forest Service guides, "Caterpillars of Eastern Forests" and "Geometroid Caterpillars of Northeastern" and "Appalachian Forests.

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