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Author: Jeffrey C. Miller,Daniel H. Janzen,Winifred Hallwachs
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Title: 100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica
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Publisher: Belknap Press (March 30, 2010)
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100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica by Jeffrey C. Miller,Daniel H. Janzen,Winifred Hallwachs

100 Caterpillars is an elegant addition to the library of anyone interested in art, science, or natural history who wants to learn more about tropical insects. Margaret D. Lowman, author of It's a Jungle Up There: More Tales from the Treetops). Furry, thorny and psychedelic-it's a shame that these caterpillars will turn into butterflies, so remarkable are they in their current state. The authors present close-ups of 100, generally ostentatious, macrocaterpillars from the estimated 9,500 species inhabiting northwestern Costa Rica's Area de Conservacicn Guanacaste. Accompanied by an image of the adult, each highlights a relevant natural history theme.

Jeffrey C. Miller, Daniel H. Janzen, Winifred Hallwachs. 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.

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By Jeffrey C Miller, Daniel H Janzen, and, Winifred Hallwachs. Cambridge (Massachusetts): Harvard University Press. vii + 264 p; il. numerical and alphabetical species lists. Dylan Parry, "100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica. By Jeffrey C Miller, Daniel H Janzen, and Winifred Hallwachs. Of all published articles, the following were the most read within the past 12 months. Rethinking the Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology. Wilson et al. A Symbiotic View of Life: We Have Never Been Individuals.

C. Janzen, et al. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Independent Booksellers. More than two hundred dazzling full-color photographs capture the life cycles of an array of colorful caterpillar species that can be found throughout the Costa Rican rain forest, accompanied by a study of their behavior, ecology, development into beautiful adult moths and butterflies, and role in their local ecosystem.

Forests of costa rica. The Belknap Press of Harvard. University Press, Cambridge, 2007, 256 p. ISBN 978-0-674-. These authors are well known for their long-term studies on. the fauna of Costa Rica. They not only publish scientific papers, but also bring their results to a wider public which love nature, the tropics and butterflies. One such work is this book, which is. on 100 species of Costa Rican butterflies and moths. eral chapters about butterflies (and one chapter about the origin. of Area de conservación Guanacaste ACG), the authors. I think the stories about butterflies and moths are the most. valuable part of book. They are of a different kind – host plant. tions arise while reading this book. For instance, what was the. original habitat in the past of species now dependent on human.

by Winifred Hallwachs, Daniel Janzen, Jeffrey Miller. Select Format: Paperback. Gathered by the authors in the tropical dry forests, cloud forests and rain forests of north-western Costa Rica, this text features over 100 large-format photographs of caterpillars, which document the dizzying variety of shapes, vivid colours, and cryptic markings among these species. ISBN13:9780674034822. Release Date:March 2010.

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by Jeffrey C. ISBN 9780674034839 (978-0-674-03483-9) Softcover, Belknap Press, 2010. Find signed collectible books: '100 Butterflies and Moths: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica'. Founded in 1997, BookFinder. Coauthors & Alternates.

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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 convey an intimate sense of these creatures--studied over twenty-five years--by focusing on how their features figure in their behavior and ecology, and on the beauty of nature in this life stage, as well as the nature of that beauty.

The story of the caterpillars is also the success story of Area de Conservacion Guanacaste--where the long-term work of Janzen and Hallwachs, and a team of gusaneros (caterpillar collectors and rearers), along with the participation of neighboring farming communities, has deepened understanding of Costa Rica's Lepidoptera and has brought about advances in restoration ecology of tropical habitats, biodiversity prospecting, biological control of pests, biotechnology, residents' bioliteracy, and ecotourism development.

Reviews: 7
I looked forward to receiving this book and the caterpillar photos are beyond compare except for a couple that are too dark. For those who have raised caterpillars and been interested in them these photos are magnificant.

The disappointment came when I turned to see what butterfly or moth this caterpillar became after pupation. To my great disappointment I found they had printed the pictures on a black background. Why anyone would do this is beyond my ability to understand. You can barely see the butterfly or moth in many instances and the body is completley invisible on several. What a huge disaappointment!!

The text with the pictures of the butterflies and moths is in many instances quite technical and expects you to have some background in parasites and other problems caterpillares experience as they go throught their various instars.

I was also disappointed in them showing a parasitized caterpillar and unless you read the text you would not realize what you were seeing.

Some of the caterpillare pictures were very interesting - for the example the caterpillar that is somewhat transparent and the caterpillar that has gobs of gooey sticky stuff on it that comes off when you touch it.

All in all I liked the book but it was a crime to show the moths and butterflies on a black background. I would really have liked to see the picture of the butterfly or moth WITH the picture of the caterpillar.

Even with the above critism I am still glad I got the book.
Es un libro único, las fotografías a color son maravillosas, de buen formato y la información muy bien cuidada. Quienes son amantes de las mariposas, tienen que tener este libro en su colección. El único defecto que tiene es la pasta del libro que es blanda y se maltrata un poco. Si fuera de pasta dura seria muy bueno.
Unbelievable pictures of what beauty evolution can create in even the humble catepillar. The variety of colors are absolutely amazing.
100 Caterpillars is an excellent and usual book: Few other books feature macro close-ups of caterpillars in such exquisite detail. The caterpillars in this book--small creatures with outrageous and subtle majesty--challenge the notion that one must transform into a butterfly to be beautiful.

There is an extravagance of evolution on each page; one caterpillar which looks like it's made of ice took my breath away, another that inflates when threatened to very convincingly imitate the head of a venomous snake made me laugh with delight. What a strange and wonderful world we live in. This book on your table can always remind you of that.
This book will change the way you feel about caterpillars. It transforms them from ugly pests into objects of beauty and of intellectual fascination. Based on more than twenty-five years of field research in the tropics by Janzen and Hallwachs and their assistants, it contains not only magnificent photos but also a wealth of information on the behavior and ecology of the species represented. It is at the same time a wonderful coffee table book and a great naturaly history read. In sum, I loved this book, and intend to give it as Christmas presents to all of my nature-loving friends.
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We don't generally like insects much, remembering how they sting, sicken, or impoverish us, and forgetting that they do us invaluable service in the reproduction of new generations of countless plant species. We do like butterflies because they are so beautiful and harmless, but we do not like caterpillars because they are squirmy and eat our plants. There are countless books featuring pictures of beautiful butterflies and moths, but few featuring the larval forms of the insect. A look at _100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica_ (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press) by Jeffrey C. Miller, Daniel H. Janzen, and Winifred Hallwachs shows that the emphasis on the flying forms may be misplaced. The gorgeous, large-format pictures here show all the colors of which adult butterflies can boast, plus an enormous variation in patterns, spikes, hairs, body plans, and more. Indeed, after the hundred photographs, there is a section of the book devoted to detailed descriptions of the behavior and ecology of each caterpillar, and for each there is a small picture of the adult into which it will grow. Almost all the adults are more drab and less interesting than their larvae.

Caterpillars exist to perform two duties, eating and avoiding being eaten. The pictures seldom show the caterpillars feeding, but frequently show the defensive structures that keep others from feeding upon them. There are many caterpillars here with hairs or "urticating spines", filled with an irritant that can cause sharp pain. So watch out for the spines, although you never have to worry about a bite; caterpillars never evolved a venomous bite, so you can let even the spined ones walk over you. The wonderful _Acraga hamata_ looks as if it is covered in a mosaic of transparent glass beads; this is gelatinous material that breaks away if the caterpillar is grabbed. Several of the specimens here are hard to see because they look just like a torn leaf or a branch or a mat of fungus. For mimicry, there is nothing to beat _Hemeroplanes triptolemus_, an undistinguished drab green caterpillar when at rest. When disturbed, however, it raises and inflates its hind end, which takes on the appearance of a viper's head, complete with eyes, mouth, and nose spots. It holds still in this position, but if further provoked, can even make the viper's head strike at the offending predator, although there is no threat of a bite. The authors say that even if you know that, it is hard to keep from withdrawing your hand in shock if you are performing the experiment yourself.

This beautiful book includes pictures of the "Area de Conservación Guanacaste", the World Heritage Site that contains the forest from which these specimens come, and also pictures of the locals who work as collectors, and the barn where bags of specimen caterpillars feed and develop. There are also descriptions of the equipment used to make these spectacular photos, and recommendations for how others can do the same. The authors include a commendable section about ethics concerning the handling of the little creatures that they obviously admire and love: you must not anesthetize or chill the caterpillar as a means to force quiescence, and you must not tease the caterpillar excessively: "it will respond negatively, either by curling up for hours on end, fainting and falling off the prop, breaking into a running bout, or worse, spitting up gut contents." Words to live by.