Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America

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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 2,100 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.



  • More than 800 species of eastern owlets

  • More than 2,100 color photographs illustrating many species for the first time

  • First North American insect guide to offer hundreds of images of live moths in their natural resting postures

  • Extensive information on owlet biology, natural enemies, classification, and finding and rearing owlet caterpillars

  • Includes foodplant records for each species and foodplant index


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"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".

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