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Caterpillars of Britain and Europe (Collins Field Guide) Hardcover – 4 Jun 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 01 edition (4 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000219080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002190800
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This is the only field guide to group caterpillars by their foodplant: identification is made simple as species are shown where they are likely to be found.

Over 500 British and European caterpillars are beautifully and accurately illustrated with their own foodplants. Opposite each is a miniature of the butterfly or moth into which it will transform.

Authoritative text discusses the anatomy, life-cycle, enemies, defence methods, rearing, study and conservation of caterpillars. Every family is described including details of appearance, range, habitat, foodplants, biology and the time of year they can be seen.


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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
I find this an excellent reference.

The index is by the caterpillar's food plant, so that makes it easy for a naturalist to check quickly.

As well as the fascinating colour illustrations, there is information about the different species.

After the moth and caterpillar larvae pages which fill most of the book, there is another section for larvae of other creatures that look like caterpillars, but are not. This is equally as useful because the pine sawfly, for instance, has caterpillar-like larvae which resemble pine needles and can devastate a Scots Pine in great numbers. On such occasions anyone might want to find out what the creatures are and a standard book of butterfly and moth caterpillars will be no help. This book identifies it once you keep thumbing through or focus on the Pines.
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I've been after this book for years since it went out of print but people were asking silly prices. Here I found it at a good price and it was quickly delivered. Still the best book for identifying caterpillars - and a big help for knowing where to return the creatures after your children have caught them!
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The book, as a gift, was well received. I objected to the outragious price for a second hand article which cost barely £10 when new. Also the cover was totally different from that advertised, but admittedly the ISBN no. was correct - Mystery?
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This is such a good book, with good pictures of the butterflies as well as details of the caterpillars. Why on earth has it been allowed to go out of print?
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This book is packed with information and seems to be the only reference book of its kind. It is interesting to browse through, and the illustrations are clear and accurate.
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