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

Paperback | May 4, 2005

byThomas J. Allen, Jim P. Brock, Jeffrey Glassberg

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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 andolder 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 asits 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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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 ...

Thomas J. Allen is author of The Butterflies of West Virginia and Their Caterpillars. Jim P. Brock is co-author of Butterflies of North America and Butterflies of Southeastern Arizona. Jeffrey Glassberg, the general editor of the Butterflies through Binoculars series, is President of the North American Butterfly Association and editor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.59 inPublished:May 4, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195149874

ISBN - 13:9780195149876

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Distinguishing Butterfly Caterpillars from Moth Caterpillars3. How to Find Butterfly Caterpillars4. Identifying Caterpillars5. Butterfly Biology6. Butterfly Gardening7. Raising Butterfly Caterpillars8. Conservation9. About the Species Accounts10. Parts of a Caterpillar11. Range Map Colors and InformationII. Species Accounts and Photographs12. Swallowtails13. Whites and Yellows14. Whites15. Yellows16. Gossamer-Wings17. Harvester18. Coppers19. Hairstreaks20. Blues21. Metalmarks22. Brushfoots23. Snout and Heliconians24. Fritillaries25. Patches, Checkerspots, and Crescents26. True Brushfoots27. Admirals and Relatives28. Leafwings and Emperors29. Satyrs30. Monarchs31. Skippers32. Firetips and Spread-wing Skippers33. Skipperlings and Grass-Skippers34. Giant-Skippers35. Moths

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"The authors, all independent scholars, are among the leading lepidopterists in North America. This book fulfilled the reviewer's expectations that it would be a masterpiece. It presents the most comprehensive treatment of North American butterfly caterpillars available, vastly surpassing allother general references...This book is destined to become a classic." Choice