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Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History (Princeton Field Guides, 62) Paperback – August 14, 2005

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"A lusciously photographed book generally regarded as the most comprehensive field guide ever to caterpillars, as opposed to their better-documented adult forms--moths and butterflies. . . . In the book, the fruit of a decade's research, Dr. Wagner . . . argues passionately that creeping things can be every bit as mesmerizing and transporting as those that flit and dart in the air."---Andy Newman, New York Times

"This is a wonderful field guide for those interested in studying the fascinating world of caterpillars in the backyard, parks, woods and fields around us."
---Robert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist

"David Wagner has produced a user-friendly field guide that goes well beyond anything else available." ―
The Quarterly Review of Biology

"As a teacher of the university courses in insect biology and classification, I will use this book heavily; yet it is attractive and simply written enough to be much more widely appealing for children, teachers, and indeed anyone with interest in naturally history. David Wagner is to be congratulated for communicating his knowledge of the Lepidoptera so clearly and appealingly to the rest of us."
---J.B. Whitfield, Annals of the Entomological Society of America

"In general, the images of caterpillars and adults in this book are superb, the layout is attractive and easy to use, and the small-size format allows it to slip easily into a backpack for use in the field. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in Lepidoptera, but it should also find a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in natural history, plant-insect interactions, or management of Lepidoptera pests (macros, anyway). It also will be very handy for anyone with inquisitive children (of any age) that pose that frequently asked question--What will it turn into?"
---John W. Brown, Proceeds of the Entomological Society of Washington

"This is a fine, easy-to-use book that is sure to be in the hands of everyone interested in exploring their own gardens or nearby vacant lots, written to be understood by middle-school students as well as professionals. Very highly recommended!" ―
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"This book adds to our understanding of caterpillars by providing a means to identify common caterpillars via excellent photos of early stages that are associated with photos of adults, and through snippets of natural history text for each species. This alone will generate enthusiasm for caterpillars among professional biologists and general readers interested in lepidoptera."―Philip J. DeVries, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Orleans, author of The Butterflies of Costa Rica and Their Natural History, Volumes I and II

"This book is an important contribution to the existing knowledge on the lepidoptera of North America, one that should spawn the gathering of new information. It fills a glaring gap in the popular literature on the continent's fauna."
―Steven M. Roble, Staff Zoologist, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Princeton University Press; 1st Edition (August 14, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 512 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0691121443
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0691121444
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.88 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 1.25 x 7.75 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this field guide
By Steve _ 87 on August 13, 2019
I live in southeast Michigan and love looking for caterpillars on my hikes. This field guide has been an endless source of information for me.

I've included some pictures I've taken from just the last couple months. Left to right - Snowberry Clearwing, Orange-Striped Oakworm, Red Admiral, Viceroy.

These are just a few of the caterpillars I have been able to find and identify thanks to this book and I've had it a couple years now. Still has held up despite being used so much.

Anyone serious about finding and identifying caterpillars (and lives east of the Mississippi) should have this book. I love doing my research on what I may find during certain months and on certain plants/trees and then actually finding it.

Knowing where to look, when to look, and how to go about looking is going to make all the difference and this delivers on that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Field Guide
By Babe on July 24, 2020
I bought this for my daughter who really enjoys finding caterpillars. Really great photos throughout. I like that it shows what each caterpillar turns into also. Talks about what each caterpillar eats, where you can find it in the US, and other notes about it. It's a nicely set-up, thick field guide. I highly recommend it.
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Bruce Beckler
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Guide
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Greg Pohl
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for "bugsters" and serious hobbyist/photographers.
Reviewed in Canada on November 25, 2015
Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great guide! If you're interested in caterpillars (or the ...
Reviewed in Canada on March 18, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on December 24, 2016