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Finding Butterflies in Arizona: A Guide to the Best Sites
By Richard A. Bailowitz, Hank Brodkin, Priscilla Brodkin
Spring Creek Press, 2007
Overviews of each region of the state, more detailed sections on habitats such as mountain ranges, deserts, and canyons, and very specific information on individual locations - you'll find out which side of a gulch gets the morning sunlight and how far down a creek the swallowtails puddle.

Other chapters discuss where to go and what to look for in each month of the year (in February, willow ragwort flowers near Sonoita Creek attract Arizona Dusky-Wings), provide brief descriptions of many species of butterflies and skippers, and review the state's butterfly gardens.

A Catalogue of the Butterflies of the United States and Canada
By Jonathan P. Pelham
The Lepidoptera Research Foundation, Inc., 2008
Can only be ordered through Bioquip.

Caterpillars in Your Yard and Garden
By Bruce Barrett and Mary Kroening
Outreach and Extension, University of Missouri - Columbia, 2003
You can download a pdf of this publication for free from the
University of Missouri Extension site. A printed version is also available from the above link for $3.

Les Guides des Papillons du Quebec
By Louis Handfield
Broquet, 1999
Go to books, page 2 of Nature on their webpage.
This book is in French but scientific names of insects and food plants are universal.
The BEST book for moth identification for NE NA. Just about every macromoth is illustrated by colour photos. 1450 species illustrated in colour - wow! 982 pages of text - wow! 122 colour plates - more wow!

Photo Field Guide to Some Caterpillars of Southern Ontario
By Ian Carmichael and Ann Vance
St. Thomas Field Naturalist Club Incorporated, 2004
I serendipitously discovered this little gem while checking out the online Field Guide to the Syrphidae of Ontario. Always looking for more caterpillar references, I went looking for a copy and found it for sale at Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. I paid US$12 with a credit card over the phone and it arrived today.

It's a small book but packed with lots of information. It aims to cover the easily identified caterpillars of Southern Ontario. With that in mind, you won't find any range information and the seasons are surely specific to that region. Nonetheless, I recognize most of the species from my own area here in Georgia, so it certainly has value as an identification aid.

Caterpillars of Eastern North America
By David L. Wagner
Princeton University Press, 2005
A Princeton field guide to identification and natural history. At almost 500 pages, it includes 700 species of caterpillars with over 1200 color photos.

Another not yet available guide to caterpillars. I'm slightly bummed because I had visions of creating my own field guide to caterpillars. Given the use my copy of a USDA guide coauthored by Wagner gets, I bet this one will be hard to beat.

Looks like it'll be available in August. Until then I'll just keep it on my Amazon wish list to remind me when the time comes.

Caterpillars in the Field and Garden: A Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America
By Thomas J. Allen, James P. Brock, Jeffrey Glassberg
Oxford University Press, 2005
See comments about the title and cover.
A very useful book for those interested in caterpillars. It covers only butterflies (not moths), but the coverage of those is virtually complete.

Macromoths of Northwest Forests and Woodlands
By Jeffrey Miller, Paul Hammond
USDA Forest Service, FHTET-98-18, 2000
Approximately 250 excellent color photos of specimens. Available from US Forest Service upon request (while supplies last?).

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