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Identifying Caterpillars in Field, Forage, and Horticultural Crops
Kathy Flanders, Ron Smith
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Pages / Length: 8
Publication Date: 02/10/2008

This guide provides information about the biology and characteristics of caterpillars that can damage crops and also provides instructions for preserving caterpillar specimens so they can be identified. Caterpillars are the immature feeding stage, or larvae, of butterflies and moths. Caterpillars transform into adults during an intermediate stage called the pupal stage. Adult moths or butterflies mate and lay eggs, and the life cycle begins anew.