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Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America Paperback – January 16, 2012

4.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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"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."--Choice



"[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

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (January 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691150427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691150420
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wagner's first caterpillar book, Caterpillars of Eastern North America, is a benchmark and without peer. Until this book came along. The bar for works on caterpillars has been raised even higher. "Owlets" is an absolute feast for the eyes, as it features the most incredible images of caterpillars ever reproduced. Complimenting the stunning imagery is descriptive text that shines a light on little known organisms in a way not done before. This is just an interesting book to page through, even if you have little interest in the subject. I shared it with a graphic artist that I work with, and she was in awe over the beautiful visuals. And if you are an affirmed larvae-seeker, you simply must have this book.

Something else that is very important about "Owlets". Wagner et.al. does a great job of linking caterpillars to a MUCH bigger picture of ecology: how they are intricately interwoven with the life cycles of our native plants, songbirds, other insects, etc. Not to mention the human benefits resulting from chemical warfare between plants and caterpillars.

No matter what your interest in natural history, or your level of infatuation, you'll most definitely want this book.
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Larger and longer then the Caterpillars of Eastern NA. Great images that show the variation and details of these cool caterpillars. The clean crisp images of the adults are a great bonus. A must for caterpillar enthusiasts!
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Magnificent photos of the caterpillars. Moths also pictured, with details about life history and identification.
This is a large heavy book, not for carrying around in the field. Photograph your caterpillar, then look it up in this great resource, and enjoy.
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I just got my Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America in the mail yesterday. It is spectacular! The caterpillar photos and the adult moth photos that accompany them are works of art. I cannot wait to read sections in the intro about baiting, obtaining and handling eggs, rearing caterpillars, overwintering larvae and pupae, and much more. I am just thrilled to add this to my library!
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I own "Caterpillars of Eastern North America" (Amazon, a company that sells books should allow reviewers to italicize the title) and still sometimes found caterpillars that I could not identify. I don't think that will be a problem any more. This book contains descriptions of over 800 species of eastern caterpillars with more than 2100 photos. Many of the photos and accounts have not been published before. The photos are big and include the adults for many species. 90 of the species were also in "Caterpillars of Eastern North America" but the photos are different so you can see variations in the way the caterpillars appear. Erroneous foodplant information, which has been published for some species for years, is corrected. With so many caterpillars, some of which have not been thoroughly studied, there will be changes in information so the book contains a link to an ongoing addendum which will contain changes and additional species. There is a foodplant index and a moth species index. Caterpillars that I had never even thought of before include three that feed on pitcher plant and one that feeds on sundew. You need "Caterpillars of North America" for the butterfly caterpillars but buy this book next.
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After using Wagner's "Caterpillars of Eastern North America" for a few years, I didn't think another guide could be as good or even be needed. But this book on Owlets has taken looking at caterpillars to an even higher level. The images in conjunction with the detailed natural history information has opened up another field of entomology to amateurs and professionals alike. The quality of the photos is amazing. And by having more photos, more identifications can be made. For example, I found a caterpillar on Moonseed Vine that didn't look like the Moonseed Moth caterpillar in the earlier book. But, sure enough, there was a photo of it in the "Owlets" book showing that it was an earlier instar of the Moonseed Moth caterpillar before it changed into a dramatically different-looking final instar. Everyone who is interested in caterpillars, moths or plant predators needs to have this book and "Caterpillars of Eastern North America" in their collection. Thank you to the authors for sharing their passion for the natural world.
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I had been looking for a book to help me ID caterpillars and this one was suggested. There are a lot of caterpillars in this book, more than I have seen in any other book so far. I am sure it will help me to ID most if not all of the unknown caterpillars I find this summer.
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This book takes caterpillar identification to new and uncharted heights for those of us who are wearing out our copies of Wagner's "Caterpillars of Eastern North America". The amount of time, research and passion that went into this book is unbelievable. Beautiful layout, outstanding photographs. I especially appreciate the inclusion of photos of pinned and live adult specimens for many species. What a fabulous resource for the casual observer to the research professional and everyone in between.
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