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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests


We are indebted to Tim McCabe and Dale Schweitzer who helped with larval identifications and shared their life history data. McCabe and John Rawlins reviewed the manuscript and offered many helpful suggestions. Jeff Boettner shared his personal observations on papilionid defensive displays and did much to encourage our efforts. Our thanks go to Julie Henry, Charlene Houle, Larry Kalinowski, David Primozich, William Sigmund, Monty Volovski, Matthew Wallace, and a small army of others who helped out in the rearing efforts over the past 4 years. Considerable photographic assistance was provided by Carl Rettenmeyer, Diana Pasqua, and Marion Rettenmeyer.

We thank all who supplied caterpillars: Robert Acciavatti, Barbara Barton, Jeffery Boettner, Jameson Colley, Jeff Fengler, Paul Goldstein, Agnes Hartan, Charlene Houle, Julie Henry, John Juracko, Larry Kalinowski, Warren Kiel, Jason Krantz, Carol Lemmon, George Leslie, Chris Maier, Robert Muller, John Natale, Laura Neal, John Peacock, Carl Rettenmeyer, Nathan Schiff, Dale Schweitzer, Steve Talley, Mike Thomas, Monty Volovski, Ryan Wagner, and Gloria Witkus. Ben Williams collected and reared many of the caterpillars that appear in this book. Mary Jane Spring provided graphics services.

Roberta Burzynski (USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, Radnor, PA), Keith Hartan, and finally, Rebecca Nisley (USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Hamden, CT) provided much needed editing.

Support for research and publication of this booklet came from the USDA Forest Service Gypsy Moth R&D Program (Cooperative Agreement 23-711), USDA Forest Service Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team (Cooperative Agreements 42-808 and 42-96-0013), the National Science Foundation (BSR-900767), and a contract from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's Endangered Species/Wildlife Income Tax Check-Off Fund with Dr. Wagner.


To Tom and Polly, for the life and love they shared - DLW

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