Caterpillars of Eastern North America, 1st Edition

  • David L. Wagner
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  • ISBN-10: 1400834147
  • ISBN-13: 9781400834143
  • DDC: 595.78
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 512 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released August 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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This 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 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 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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Photographic and Artwork Credits.
1: Introductory Sections.
2: Introduction.
3: Morphology.
4: Telling Macros from Micros.
5: Not Quite Caterpillars.
6: Caterpillar Life Cycle.
7: Finding Caterpillars.
8: Where to Search.
9: When to Search.
10: Rearing Caterpillars.
11: Overwintering Larvae and Pupae.
12: Starting with Eggs.
13: Sexing Adults.
14: Feeding Females.
15: Natural Enemies.
16: Survival Strategies.
17: Preserving Larvae.
18: Photography.
19: Collecting, Vouchering, and Conservation.
20: Caterpillar Projects for Schools, Nature Centers, and Universities.
21: Using this Guide.
22: Classification and Nomenclature.
23: Helpful Websites.
24: Family and Species Accounts.
25: Slug Caterpillars – Limacodidae.
26: Flannel Moths – Megalopygidae.
27: Smoky Moths – Zygaenidae.
28: Skippers – Hesperiidae.
29: Swallowtails – Papilionidae.
30: Whites and Sulphurs – Pieridae.
31: Hairstreaks, Blues, Coppers, and Metalmarks – Lycaenidae.
32: Brushfoots – Nymphalidae.
33: Hooktip and Thyatirine Moths – Drepanidae.
34: Loopers, Inchworms, and Spanworms – Geometridae.
35: Scoopwings – Uraniidae (Subfamily Epipleminae).
36: Sack-Bearers – Mimallonidae.
37: True Silkworm and Apatelodine Moths – Bombycidae.
38: Tent Caterpillars and Lappet Moths – Lasiocampidae.
39: Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths – Saturniidae.
40: Hornworms (Sphinx or Hawk Moths) – Sphingidae.
41: Prominents – Notodontidae.
42: Owlets, Cutworms, Underwings, and Kin – Noctuidae.
43: Owlets, Cutworms, Underwings, and Kin – Noctuidae.
44: Pantheas and Yellowhorns – Pantheidae.
45: Tussock Caterpillars – Lymantriidae.
46: Nolids – Nolidae.
47: Tiger, Lichen, and Wasp Moths – Arctiidae.
48: Mexican Jumping Bean Caterpillar – Tortricidae.
49: Mescal, Agave, or Maguey Worm – Cossidae.
50: Part Three.
Helpful and Cited Literature.
Foodplant Index.