I purchased this book last year...it is the best investment for butterflying and identifying caterpillars I've made!
Awesome photographs are on the right side of the pages and the left pages lists the butterfly common name and scientific name. It then provides a good description, location tips and time of the year found. It also provides the larval hosts and shows a geographical range map for each entry. Has some of the more popular moths listed too.
The book also discusses how to distinguish butterfly cats from moth cats, shows the parts of a caterpillar, range map description and how to find butterfly cats
Gives information on predator, parasites and diseases, caterpillar behavior, butterfly gardening, raising butterfly caterpillars and conservation.
Considering south Texas gets almost three hundred different butterflies this book I carry this book and the Kaufman Focus Guide everywhere I go!!! This book is lightweight and easily fits into my camera bag.
Jim Brock was instrumental in identifying the rare Marius Hairstreak caterpillars I found in my yard last year. He's also a regular guest speaker at our annual butterfly festival.
I wanted a book with good photographs and info to identify and know more about butterfly caterpillars. This one fits the bill nicely! It shows really good photos of caterpillars. It also has little maps showing the geographical range where the species can be found and also info like habitat, host plants, garden tips and comments on that species. There are a few photos of moth caterpillars species included. Really helpful book!