Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity : with a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America

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Firefly Books, 2006 - Nature - 718 pages
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Meticulously researched and illustrated with color photographs, Insects is a landmark reference book that is ideal for any naturalist or entomologist. To enhance exact identification of insects, the photographs in this encyclopedic reference were taken in the field -- and are not pinned specimens.

Insects enables readers to identify most insects quickly and accurately. The more than 50 pages of picture keys lead to the appropriate chapter and specific photos to confirm identification. The keys are surprisingly comprehensive and easy for non-specialists to use.

Insects features:

  • Detailed chapters covering all insect orders and the insect families of eastern North America
  • A brief examination of common families of related terrestrial arthropods
  • 4,000 color photographs illustrating typical behaviors and key characteristics
  • 28 picture keys for quick and accurate insect identification
  • Three indexes -- common family names, photographs, general index
  • Expert guidance on observing, collecting and photographing insects.

Almost 80 percent of all named animal species are insects and closely related arthropods. This book is required reading for anyone interested in entomology.

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Assigned text for entymology class, but I've kept it for personal reference. Numerous photos help in ID, with the understanding that not all species are present so "close" is not good enough. Very ... Read full review

Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America

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This amazing six-pound volume, which offers more than 4000 excellent color photographs and concise, accurate information about every major insect family worldwide, is the fruit of Marshall├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├ ... Read full review


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Steve Marshall is a professor of entomology at the University of Guelph, where he developed a major insect collection and carries out research on insect systematics and biodiversity. He has discovered hundreds of new species, several new genera and even two new subfamilies.

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