Whether you are watching the progress of a caterpillar as it moves along a plant or become captivated by the sight of a pupa hanging from a silk pad, caterpillars are some of our most captivating and beautiful insects. But can you tell a Comma from a Small Tortoiseshell? Or distinguish between the caterpillar of a Drinker and a Fox Moth? These are just a few of the hundreds of butterfly and moth caterpillars found in the UK, many of which are just as beautiful and varied as their adult counterparts.
RSPB ID Spotlight: Caterpillars is a reliable fold-out chart that presents illustrations of 61 of our most widespread and familiar caterpillars by renowned artist Richard Lewington.
- Species are grouped by family and helpfully labelled to assist with identification
- Artworks are shown side by side for quick comparison and easy reference at home or in the field
- The reverse of the chart provides information on the habitats, behaviour, life cycles and diets of our caterpillars, as well as the conservation issues they are facing and how the RSPB and other conservation charities are working to support them
- Practical tips on how to monitor caterpillar populations and turn your garden into a haven for caterpillars are also included
The RSPB ID Spotlight charts help wildlife enthusiasts identify and learn more about our most common species using accurate colour illustrations and informative, accessible text.
Marianne Taylor is a birdwatcher, dragonfly-finder and mammal-seeker from Kent, England. She has written many books on wildlife including British Naturefinder, British Birds of Prey and RSPB Spotlight: Robins for the RSPB and two previous nature-writing narratives, Dragonflight and The Way of the Hare.
Richard Lewington is an acknowledged leader in the field of insect illustration. His meticulous paintings of wildlife are the mainstay of many of the modern classics of field-guide art, including The Butterflies of Britain and Ireland, Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, Guide to Garden Wildlife and Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland. Richard has also designed and illustrated wildlife stamps for several countries. In 1999 he was awarded Butterfly Conservation's Marsh Award for the promotion of Lepidoptera conservation, and in 2010 the Zoological Society of London's Stamford Raffles Award for contribution to zoology.