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Family Drepanidae - Hooktip and False Owlet Moths

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The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada
By Paul M. Tuskes, James P. Tuttle, Michael M. Collins
Cornell University Press, 1996
Expensive, but extensive treatment of this and allied families. Color photos of many caterpillars, and all adults (as specimens). has range maps and life history information for all species covered. Has photos of eggs and drawings of cocoons for some species.

A World for Butterflies: Their Lives, Habitats and Future
By Phillip J. Schappert
Firefly Books, 2000
A coffee-table book with a brain: excellent photos and good discussion of scientific topics. There is a lovely description of the Pipevine Swallowtail mimicry complex in North America, with photographs of most species involved. Has an extensive bibliography, including books and journal articles.

Has an accompanying website, which has not been updated recently, but is still available.

Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
By David L. Wagner, Valerie Giles, Richard C. Reardon, Michael L. McManus
U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, 1998
Excellent reference on caterpillars. Has 200-300 color photographs of moth (mostly) and butterfly caterpillars. Includes, mostly, species that feed on trees and shrubs. Does not have a key, but it is fairly easy to flip through the illustrations looking for a caterpillar if the markings are distinctive.

A version is available on the web:

Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

May be out of print. I got mine from the US Government Printing Office, (I contacted the website above in 2003, but they had no more copies available.)

Butterflies and Moths (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)
By Robert T. Mitchell, Herbert S. Zim, Andre Durenceau
Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press, 2001

Butterflies and Moths (Eyewitness Handbook)
By David Carter
Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Peterson First Guide to Caterpillars of North America
By Amy Bartlett Wright
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998

Nomina Insecta Nearctica
By Poole, Robert W., Inc.
Nomina Insecta Nearctica was originally published in a series of 4 rather large volumes. Each of the volumes have now been broken down into separate volumes, making downloading easier and faster and also allows you to take only those particular segments of the checklist of interest to you. Additionally, superfluous pages (blanks and title pages) have been eliminated.

Volume 1 - Coleoptera, Strepsiptera
Volume 2 - Hymenoptera, Mecoptera, Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Raphidioptera, Trichoptera

Insects on Dried Fruits - Agriculture Handbook 464
By Perez Simmons and Howard D. Nelson
United States Department of Agriculture , 1975
Publication covers beetles, moths, flies, wasps & bees, ants, barklice, mites and black widow.

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