The Tent Caterpillars

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Cornell University Press, 1995 - Nature - 303 pages
Tent caterpillars are among the most familiar of insects, capable of defoliating tens of thousands of forested acres in a single spring. They differ most markedly from other destructive caterpillars, such as the gypsy moth, in that they are a social species. This book, which synthesizes some 150 years of research, is the only one to cover their biology and behavioral ecology.
 

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Contents

Interactions between Tent Caterpillars and Their Host Trees
93
Aggregation and Foraging Behavior
119
TentBuildilng Behavior and Thermoregulation
146
Predation and Antipredation
167
Population Dynamics and Economic Impact
204
Management of Populations
234
Maintaining Colonies and Suggestions for Classroom
260
Epilogue
271
Index
293
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Terrence D. Fitzgerald is Professor of Biological Sciences at the State University of New York, Cortland.

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