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Caterpillars of Eastern North America

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I’ve waited years for this book. Until now, there has been no good book identifying all the caterpillars in eastern North America. Whenever I found an unfamiliar caterpillar - that’s just about every time I found a caterpillar - I had to look through numerous books to find it - usually with no success. There just wasn’t a comprehensive book of all of the caterpillars in this area. Until now.
This book has over 400 pages of photos and information about caterpillars. It starts with a page about a family of caterpillars- including paragraphs on recognition, life history notes and collecting and rearing tips. Then come a series of pages on the individual species in that family, including paragraphs on recognition, occurrence, common food plants and remarks.
If you have ever wondered what moth or butterfly that caterpillar will turn in to, this is the book for you. I know I will keep coming back to it for years to come.




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