IMAGES: Moth Parade

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Science  24 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5730, pp. 1847
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5730.1847d

To identify a salamander or warbler, just crack open one of the many available field guides. Researchers vexed by a mysterious moth don't have that luxury because there's no comprehensive catalog for the nearly 11,000 species fluttering around North America. However, entomologist John Snyder of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, has compiled a virtual field guide that links to photos of more than 4000 moth species scattered around the Internet. Snyder says that he made an effort to corral caterpillars, such as this plump tomato hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata), which are often hard to find in other references. A similar site, hosted by three Italian scientists and insect enthusiasts, covers some 1450 kinds of European and North African moths and butterflies.∼snyderjohn/leplist

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