576 pages, 2100+ colour photos
This lavishly illustrated field guide features more than 800 species of the most common, interesting, beautiful, and important owlet (noctuid) caterpillars found in eastern North America. More than 2100 color photographs include numerous stunning images, and the guide's introductory sections offer a wealth of information on noctuid natural history, morphology, larval diets, natural enemies, and classification; suggestions for finding and rearing owlet caterpillars; and much more. The 375 full-page species accounts treat similar species, range, phenology, and larval foodplants. A remarks section addresses behavior, life history, taxonomy, and a variety of other general interest topics. For full species accounts, two adult images are provided, one of a spread museum specimen and the other of a live adult: this is the first guide to comprehensively provide images of live adult moths in representative resting postures. An extensive glossary and foodplant index are also included.
"This impressive tome provides an in-depth discussion of the natural history of owlet caterpillars, the larval states of a large and diverse group of moths [...] This fascinating book will be of value to anyone with a substantial interest in moths, including professional entomologists, agriculture and forestry professionals, entomology students, and serious amateurs. It will be an invaluable reference work for people who actually work with owlet moths."
"[I]f you like poking around eastern North American habitats in search of caterpillars, this book is your guide to this diverse and beautiful group of insects."
– Robert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist
"This volume will be of value to professional and amateur lepidopterists, naturalists, gardeners, foresters, arborists, farmers, photographers, ecologists, environmental educators, teachers, students, and all who have some interest in caterpillars or a need to identify them."
– Steve Roble, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
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David L. Wagner is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Caterpillars of Eastern North America (Princeton).
Dale F. Schweitzer is an entomologist at the Nature Conservancy and NatureServe, and curatorial affiliate at the Yale University Peabody Museum of Natural History.
J. Bolling Sullivan is research associate at the Smithsonian Institution.
Richard C. Reardon is a member of the Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team at the USDA Forest Service. He is the coauthor of Caterpillars of Eastern Forests.