Thursday, February 23, 2012
Caterpillars: beautiful, mundane, beneficial and destructive
Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America, by David L. Wagner, Dale F. Schweitzer, J. Bolling Sullivan & Richard C. Reardon. Princeton Univ Press.
This arrived on approval from our book vendor, YBP (Yankee Book Peddler, a division of Baker & Taylor), and I was entranced. The publisher's description speaks for itself, and the thousands of color photographs are indeed impressive. This is more than a guide to identifying species; the accompanying text tells the important story of the essential roles caterpillars have in varying ecosystems. Gain a new appreciation of such humble seeming invertebrates by spending a bit of time perusing this volume.