Submitted to: American Entomologist
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 20, 2005
Publication Date: March 28, 2006
Citation: Brown, J.W. 2006. Book review: Caterpillars of Eastern North America. A Guide to Identification and Natural History, by David L. Wagner. American Entomologist. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 108:480-481. (#185742: March 28, 2006)
The caterpillars of moths and butterflies are some of the economically most important pests of forest, ornamental, and agricultural plants in North America, causing millions of dollars in damage annually. This paper is a review of a newly published book on the caterpillars of the eastern United States - a field guide that includes over 700 color photographs of caterpillars in their natural settings. Because many caterpillars have distinct colors and patterns, the guide can function as an essential tool for disseminating knowledge and identification of the early stages of moths and butterflies to a wide range of users from school children to pest management personnel through high quality images of pests and non-pests alike.