New Geo larvae book

Richard Worth rworth at
Wed Mar 6 11:22:08 EST 2002

Beholders of the buttermoths,
I was just handed a copy, courtesy of Jeff Miller, of the Geometroid 
Caterpillars of Northeastern and Appalachian Forests by Wagner, 
Ferguson, McCabe and Reardon.  Another fine piece of work published 
by the USDA-FS-FHTET.   I can tell a great deal of work went into 
this, having myself reared numbers of caterpillars at a time over 
several years.  It is the thickest of these books yet with 239 pp. 
Each species is represented by a large photo of the larva, a brief 
discussion of the larvae, hosts and biology, and a small (almost 
thumbnail) photo of the adult.  There does seem, however, to be a lot 
of wasted space per page.  It seem they could have either put two 
species per page and cut the costs or made the adult pics bigger. 
But I suppose they have their reasons.  Nonetheless, another great 
reference in the tradition of the previous volumes and some more 
outstanding photography.
Cheers,  Rich
Richard A. Worth
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Plant Division
rworth at
(503) 986-6461


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