Creatures that can turn from a caterpillar into a butterfly or a moth fascinate everyone. But there are many other interesting things to observe in the world of the caterpillar before metamorphosis. As you watch, you'll see leaves disappear into their nearly invisible mouths. Notice the smooth motion of sets of prolegs that are one of the characteristics of caterpillars. With the help of this guide and its close-up photographs, readers will learn about the body parts of a caterpillar, their life cycles and how to help them by planting certain types of flowers that will attract the insects. With helpful tips and tricks, this guide instructs the caterpillar hunter on how to find, identify, feed and care for these amazing insects. Ground rules for raising caterpillars are provided. Identification information and photographs thoroughly describe the different kinds of caterpillars and warn the reader about the few dangerous caterpillars that should not be handled.
Chris Earley is the Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator for The University of Guelph Arboretum. He graduated from Guelph with a BSc in Zoology in 1992 and started working full time at The Arboretum the same year. He completed a MSc in Environmental Biology from Guelph in 2013. A self-proclaimed "nature geek", he hopes to encourage positive connections between people and the natural world through his work, tours and publications.