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100 Caterpillars
Author: Jeffrey C. Miller

ISBN: 9780674034822
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1 January 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 24.1 x 1.9
Description:
Every bright monarch butterfly or striking luna moth started out in a far subtler form of nature's mosaic, a humble caterpillar. It is this early stage of life crafted by natural selection into machines for converting a vast array of plant matter, mostly leaves, into the beautiful adults that have captivated humans for millennia that this book brings to dazzling light. Unobtrusive as they go about their business, these caterpillars are rarely seen by humans--and are virtually never seen from the perspective presented in this sumptuous volume: photographed in extreme close-ups at a resolution that captures in sharp detail the exquisite colors and features eluding the casual observer.

Gathered by biologists Daniel Janzen, Winifred Hallwachs, and Jeffrey Miller in the tropical dry forests, cloud forests, and rain forests of northwestern Costa Rica, over 100 large-format photographs of caterpillars document the dizzying variety of shapes, vivid colors, and cryptic markings among these species. The pictures are accompanied by capsule species accounts revealing life histories as diverse as their forms--and magnificent images of the adult butterfly or moth. Throughout, the authors ...

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