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The Book of Caterpillars: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World Hardcover – October 17, 2017

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“If you know a true natural history nerd, this is the gift to choose.” ― Wall Street Journal

"The caterpillar is the immature stage for the moth and butterfly, transforming into the winged adult via pupation. The 600 varieties represented here comprise a small fraction of 160,000 known species. Nevertheless, the cosmopolitan coverage of representative taxa does begin to capture the diversity of these insects while elucidating their lesser-known, immature forms. In a concise introduction, James defines caterpillars, their survival role, and how they contribute to the natural ecosystem, as well as the diverse ways in which humans interact with them. The bulk of the work consists of single-page species templates organized by family; these provide geographical distribution, habitat, host plants, notes, and conservation status, as well as a couple of informative paragraphs and a life-size color photograph of the caterpillar. Some species also are illustrated by a larger photograph that provides rich detail. The format, size, and weight of the book precludes most users from taking it to the field, but the overall editing is superb. The overview of caterpillars is current, necessarily succinct, and may find the largest audience in those wanting an introduction to this relatively overlooked insect form. Highly recommended."  ―
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"Lovely images are accompanied by two-tone engravings of caterpillar adults, a population distribution map, and details about their natural history and conservation. Many caterpillar books are either part of larger butterfly identification discussions and guides or are geared to novices and younger readers; but 
The Book of Caterpillars's in-depth and scientifically accurate examination makes for a top pick for college-level collections strong in entomology." ― Donovan's Literary Services

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David G. James is associate professor of entomology at Washington State University and the co-author of Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies. Sally Morgan has written more than 250 children’s information titles, covering wildlife, natural history, science, geography, and environmental topics. Andrei Sourakov is the collections coordinator at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity and the Florida Museum of Natural History.
 

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Chicago Press; Illustrated edition (October 17, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 656 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 022628736X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0226287362
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5.15 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.9 x 7.6 x 1.9 inches
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Sally Morgan is a leading author of children's information books. She has written more than 250 titles, covering wildlife, natural history, science, geography, and environmental topics. She writes for all ages from first readers through to 16+ readership as well as books on climate change and gardening.

Her latest books are The Healthy Vegetable Garden and The Climate Change Garden

Sally read Natural Sciences at Cambridge which was followed by several years of research into the restoration of derelict land. She then taught biology for a few years before turning to writing. With her love of the natural world and her concerns about the loss of habitats worldwide, it was not surprising that she chose to write about wildlife and environmental issues.

She is lucky enough to own a small organic farm in Somerset. When she is not writing she can be found on the farm looking after her rare breed poultry, sheep and pigs or weeding the kitchen garden! Conservation is important to her and the farm is managed to improve biodiversity. Keen to connect people with their food, Sally has set up a small education centre on the farm, where people can learn about smallholding, butchery and other rural skills.

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I wasn’t impressed with this book at all. It’s HUGE, which isn’t a problem, but one caterpillar per page??? Also the pictures are life size, so one tiny caterpillar per page for 600 species. I was going to return it because it was $40, but would have to pay return shipping for this huge book. The shipping would be too expensive. Skip this book and keep looking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures of the caterpillars but to identify the one you are looking at in your garden... it'll take at least half an
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointing. An attractive book but with some deficiencies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who cares about caterpillars?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2018