Caterpillars In the Field and Garden
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by Thomas J. Allen, Jim P. Brock, and Jeff Glassberg
Paperback; 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"; 240 pages; Oxford University Press 2005;
Jeffrey Glassberg's acclaimed Butterflies through Binoculars guides have revolutionized the way we view butterflies. Now there's a field guide to identify caterpillars in the same practical format, and with the same emphasis on conservation.
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 host plants are listed. 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.
• Handy field guide size
• 240 pages with 413 color maps and 496 color photos
• The first authoritative guide to the butterfly caterpillars of North America