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

Wagner, David L. [Browse]
Course Book
  • Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2010]
  • ©2005
1 online resource (513 p.)


Summary note
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
"With special acknowledgement for support received from the United States Forest Service FHTET and Discover Life in America."
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 489-494) and indexes.
Source of description
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
Language note
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Photographics and Artwork Credits
  • Part One. Introductory Sections
  • Introduction
  • Morphology
  • Telling Macros from Micros
  • Not Quite Caterpillars
  • Caterpillar Life Cycle
  • Finding Caterpillars
  • Where to Search
  • When To Search
  • Rearing Caterpillars
  • Overwintering Larvae and Pupae
  • Starting with Eggs
  • Sexing Adults
  • Feeding Females
  • Natural Enemies
  • Survival Strategies
  • Preserving Larvae
  • Photography
  • Collecting, Vouchering, and Conservation
  • Caterpillar Projects for Schools, Nature Centers, and Universities
  • Using this Guide
  • Classification and Nomenclature
  • Helpful Websites
  • Part Two. Family and Species Accounts
  • Slug Caterpillars - Limacodidae
  • Flannel Moths - Megalopygidae
  • Smoky Moths - Zygaenidae
  • Skippers - Hesperiidae
  • Swallowtails - Papilionidae
  • Whites and Sulphurs - Pieridae
  • Hairstreaks, Blues, Coppers, and Metalmarks - Lycaenidae
  • Brushfoots - Nymphalidae
  • Hooktip and Thyatirine Moths - Drepanidae
  • Loopers, Inchworms, and Spanworms - Geometridae
  • Scoopwings - Uraniidae (Subfamily Epipleminae)
  • Sack-Bearers - Mimallonidae
  • True Silkworm and Apatelodine Moths - Bombycidae
  • Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths - Lasiocampidae
  • Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths - Saturniidae
  • Hornworms (Sphinx Or Hawk Moths) - Sphingidae
  • Prominents - Notodontidae
  • Owlets, Cutworms, Underwings, and Kin - Noctuidae
  • Pantheas and Yellowhorns - Pantheidae
  • Tussock Caterpillars - Lymantriidae
  • Nolids - Nolidae
  • Tiger, Lichen, and Wasp Moths - Arctiidae
  • Mexican Jumping Bean Caterpillar - Tortricidae
  • Mescal, Agave, Or Maguey Worm - Cossidae
  • Glossary
  • Helpful and Cited Literature
  • Foodplant Index
  • Taxonomic and Subject Index
  • 1-282-63938-2
  • 9786612639388
  • 1-4008-3414-7
  • 697174368
  • 979632291
  • 10.1515/9781400834143
Statement on language in description
Princeton University Library aims to describe library materials in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections we manage. Read more...
Other views
Staff view