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Caterpillars of Eastern North America : A Guide to Identification and Natural History - David L. Wagner

Caterpillars of Eastern North America

A Guide to Identification and Natural History

Paperback Published: 25th July 2005
ISBN: 9780691121444
Number Of Pages: 512

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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

Industry Reviews

"A lusciously photographed book generally regarded as the most comprehensive field guide ever to caterpillars, as opposed to their better-documented adult forms--moths and butterflies... In the book, the fruit of a decade's research, Dr. Wagner ... argues passionately that creeping things can be every bit as mesmerizing and transporting as those that flit and dart in the air."--Andy Newman, New York Times "This is a wonderful field guide for those interested in studying the fascinating world of caterpillars in the backyard, parks, woods and fields around us."--Robert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist "David Wagner has produced a user-friendly field guide that goes well beyond anything else available."--The Quarterly Review of Biology "As a teacher of the university courses in insect biology and classification, I will use this book heavily; yet it is attractive and simply written enough to be much more widely appealing for children, teachers, and indeed anyone with interest in naturally history. David Wagner is to be congratulated for communicating his knowledge of the Lepidoptera so clearly and appealingly to the rest of us."--J.B. Whitfield, Annals of the Entomological Society of America "In general, the images of caterpillars and adults in this book are superb, the layout is attractive and easy to use, and the small-size format allows it to slip easily into a backpack for use in the field. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in Lepidoptera, but it should also find a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in natural history, plant-insect interactions, or management of Lepidoptera pests (macros, anyway). It also will be very handy for anyone with inquisitive children (of any age) that pose that frequently asked question--What will it turn into?"--John W. Brown, Proceeds of the Entomological Society of Washington "This is a fine, easy-to-use book that is sure to be in the hands of everyone interested in exploring their own gardens or nearby vacant lots, written to be understood by middle-school students as well as professionals. Very highly recommended!"--Biology Digest

FrontMatter, pg. 1Contents, pg. 3Preface, pg. 4Acknowledgments, pg. 5Photographics and Artwork Credits, pg. 6Introduction, pg. 8Morphology, pg. 9Telling Macros from Micros, pg. 11Not Quite Caterpillars, pg. 12Caterpillar Life Cycle, pg. 12Finding Caterpillars, pg. 14Where to Search, pg. 15When To Search, pg. 16Rearing Caterpillars, pg. 16Overwintering Larvae and Pupae, pg. 18Starting with Eggs, pg. 19Sexing Adults, pg. 20Feeding Females, pg. 22Natural Enemies, pg. 22Survival Strategies, pg. 24Preserving Larvae, pg. 26Photography, pg. 27Collecting, Vouchering, and Conservation, pg. 29Caterpillar Projects for Schools, Nature Centers, and Universities, pg. 30Using this Guide, pg. 32Classification and Nomenclature, pg. 33Helpful Websites, pg. 34Slug Caterpillars - Limacodidae, pg. 35Flannel Moths - Megalopygidae, pg. 53Smoky Moths - Zygaenidae, pg. 57Skippers - Hesperiidae, pg. 58Swallowtails - Papilionidae, pg. 76Whites and Sulphurs - Pieridae, pg. 83Hairstreaks, Blues, Coppers, and Metalmarks - Lycaenidae, pg. 91Brushfoots - Nymphalidae, pg. 108Hooktip and Thyatirine Moths - Drepanidae, pg. 139Loopers, Inchworms, and Spanworms - Geometridae, pg. 143Scoopwings - Uraniidae (Subfamily Epipleminae), pg. 216Sack-Bearers - Mimallonidae, pg. 217True Silkworm and Apatelodine Moths - Bombycidae, pg. 219Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths - Lasiocampidae, pg. 222Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths - Saturniidae, pg. 229Hornworms (Sphinx Or Hawk Moths) - Sphingidae, pg. 247Prominents - Notodontidae, pg. 279Owlets, Cutworms, Underwings, and Kin - Noctuidae, pg. 321Pantheas and Yellowhorns - Pantheidae, pg. 439Tussock Caterpillars - Lymantriidae, pg. 443Nolids - Nolidae, pg. 454Tiger, Lichen, and Wasp Moths - Arctiidae, pg. 457Mexican Jumping Bean Caterpillar - Tortricidae, pg. 484Mescal, Agave, Or Maguey Worm - Cossidae, pg. 485Glossary, pg. 486Helpful and Cited Literature, pg. 489Foodplant Index, pg. 495Taxonomic and Subject Index, pg. 502

ISBN: 9780691121444
ISBN-10: 0691121443
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 25th July 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.91