Caterpillars of Eastern North America


Identify nearly 700 butterflies and moths found east of the Mississippi.  The more than 1,200 color photographs and two dozen line drawings include numerous exceptionally striking images.  The giant silk moths, tiger moths, and many other species covered include forest pests, common garden guests, economically important species, and of course, the Mescal Worm and Mexican Jumping Bean caterpillars.  Full-page species accounts cover almost 400 species, with up to six images per species including an image of the adult plus succinct text with information on distribution, seasonal activity, foodplants, and life history.  These accounts are generously complemented with additional images of earlier instars, closely related species, noteworthy behaviors, and other intriguing aspects of caterpillar biology.


Caterpillars are a big part of our ecosystem. Some caterpillars are good to have around and some not so much. Understanding which are which will help you determine which ones to blast to kingdom come and which ones to leave alone. If you’re in the eastern part of North America this guide will be a great source of info.

John’s Tip: If you determine that you have a species of not so welcome caterpillars at your place and decide they must go, be aware that what you do to get rid of them could have adverse effects on other, beneficial insects. – Happy Hunting!

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Weight 1.93 oz
Dimensions .25 × 5 × 8 in


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