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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
ISBN: B00010V332
Cite: 2742 with citation markup [cite:2742]
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.)

Some more references on this publication:
SuDoc A 13.110/18:9634
also called FHTET-96-34
Publication date is listed sometimes as 1997, other times as 1998.

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Available as of 01/13/2023
I found free PDF and ePub versions of this book available at the Internet Archive website. (link below)

PDF online here: https://www.
PDF online here:

PDF online UPDATE:
I tried the link and its been deprecated.

I found the pdf online here:

Last accessed 30 June 23

Apparently you can buy it for $5 here, but I contacted the FHTET using the email on this page and they sent it to me for free.

Great book and photos are much better than the website.

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