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Caterpillars in the Field and Garden: A Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America

  • ISBN13: 9780195149876
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Jeffrey Glassberg’s acclaimed Butterflies through Binoculars guides have revolutionized the way we view butterflies. Now there’s a field guide in the same practical format, and with the same emphasis on conservation, to identify caterpillars. Caterpillars are as varied, fascinating, and often as colorful as the adult butterflies they become. This is the most comprehensive guide to these creatures available. It contains all the information necessary to find and identify the caterpillars of North America–from Two-tailed Swallowtails, some of the largest butterfly caterpillars at just over two inches when fully grown, to tiny Western Pygmy-Blues. Caterpillar seekers will learn how to distinguish between butterfly caterpillars and moth caterpillars, where and how to find caterpillars, and the visual differences between young and older caterpillars. Each species section describes how to identify the caterpillar, complete with brilliant photos–many published here for the first time. To make for easy field use, each caterpillar’s key physical features, abundance, habitat, and major hostplants are listed on the same page as its photo. The book also contains a special section on butterfly gardening, offering valuable information on how to set up a butterfly garden and raise healthy butterfly caterpillars, and provides a thorough list of the plants butterflies most like to feast on. From the concerned gardener who wishes not to kill caterpillars that may one day become beautiful butterflies to the serious butterflier wishing to take the hobby to the next level, this remarkable guide will provide all of the information necessary for an enriching caterpillar experience.

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5 Responses to “Caterpillars in the Field and Garden: A Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America”

  1. Mister Quickly

    As far back as I can remember (about 4 years now), I have had a gripping fascination with caterpillars. I can’t claim any real expertise in identifying caterpillars – being merely an armchair larval lepidopterist – but I’ve spotted a strange caterpillar not mentioned in this volume. It can stretch itself between two branches so that when birds and squirrels try to pluck it from the branch it gives a curious tone, almost sharing an identical timbre with the mouth harp. I’ve read this manuel backwards and forwards and cannot identify this specimen.

    This book also has wonderful pictures.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Jack Sanders

    Those who’ve grown up in suburbia don’t usually think of it as mysterious. Yet even our backyards are filled with mystery.

    Take the caterpillar, for example. Stroll in your yard and you could quickly spot half a dozen kinds. Spend a little time, and you might find dozens.

    But discovering caterpillars is a lot easier than naming them – or knowing what butterfly they become. And in a world that offers field guides to bird nests, mammal scat, and even roadkill, it’s surprising to learn that someone has only recently written the first caterpillar field guide.

    University of Connecticut Professor David Wagner’s book, Caterpillars of Eastern North America, was profiled in the Aug. 8, 2006, New York Times, which drew me to it. The thick “field guide” is a magnificent compilation, with wonderful photographs, and wealth of information on caterpillars and the butterflies and moths they become.

    Backyard caterpillar study has its advantages. The creatures can’t run or fly away, and you can, with little effort, raise most into their adult forms. You might even contribute to science since, as Dr. Wagner points out, there are moths – including well-known ones – whose caterpillars have never been discovered. It’s great fare for a natural history detective.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Shala W. Carter

    I ordered this book to use as a field guide for identifying caterpillars that my sons are bringing home in great quantity. It is a very pretty book, with great photographs, but, sadly, it is organized by butterfly family instead of being organized by caterpillar body type, color, pattern, etc. The section for moth caterpillars is very small, only a few pages, and does no more than identify the moth it will become. This is a worthwhile book to own, but don’t expect it to be easy to find the caterpillar in your son’s hand.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. Book Lover

    This is book is useful, it has nice full color pictures on almost every right hand page that really help you when you’re trying to identify something
    Rating: 4 / 5

  5. Edson B. Waite

    I found this book to be very useful in determining a caterpillar type, the book could have been thicker I think, as larger photos would have been more in line with my ancient eyes. Otherwise, it is a very good reference.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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