Caterpillar book

April 25, 2012

Last week, a friend of mine posted a photo of a strange looking caterpillar on facebook. She had discovered it in her yard and asked the question, "Does anyone know what this creature is?" 

Because Juliet is fascinated with caterpillars, I showed her the photo on my phone. She immediately jumped up, ran to her room, grabbed her caterpillar book, and came back with it opened to this page. She had seen it before and knew exactly what it was--the white-marked tussock moth, of course!
A few months ago, Juliet found a caterpillar in our yard and wanted to know what it would turn into--we searched online and found what we thought it was. And while the internet is useful for such things, I wanted her to be able to search on her own and thought a book would be better.

I researched caterpillar books and found Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History. It said it had every caterpillar east of the Mississippi, so that seemed perfect for us.

It's already proven useful and very child-friendly--I'd highly recommend it if you have a budding lepidopterist on your hands. 

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