Thursday, February 23, 2012

Caterpillars: beautiful, mundane, beneficial and destructive

Now on the new book shelf:
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.

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