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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders (National Audubon Society Feild Guide Series)
Lorus Johnson Milne
0394507630
November 1980
Hardcover
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Book Review
There are about 100,000 kinds of insects in North America, so obviously they can't have a field guide in the same way the 650 species of birds do: something both portable and complete. The National Audubon Society has produced a remarkably useful compromise. This guide has photographs and descriptions of 550 insect species and 60 kinds of spiders. Most of the families of arthropods on the continent are covered, as are all of the most common species. It's a very useful resource for any North American naturalist, and the best choice for an adult who is not an expert entomologist. --Mary Ellen Curtin

Book Description
Spiders, bugs, moths, butterflies, beetles, bees, flies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and many other insects are detailed in more than 700 full-color photographs visually...


Simon & Schuster Children's Guide to Insects and Spiders
Jinny Johnson
0689811632
May 1997
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. This profusely illustrated introduction surveys over 100 assorted insects and arachnids. A preface describes the animals' general characteristics, some special anatomical features, and the major differences between the two classes. The bulk of the material is organized into eight chapters, each of which concentrates on a group of creatures that share certain characteristics. For instance, one chapter examines insect predators such as mantids and dragonflies, while another looks at members of the order Lepidoptera. Each chapter begins with a general discussion of the subject and a greatly enlarged, full-color photo of a representative species. An illustrated "catalog" of about a dozen different invertebrates follows. The text is concise and well organized, but some information is unclear. For...


Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America
Richard E. White (Illustrator)
0395906644
February 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Peterson First Guides are the first books the beginning naturalist needs. Condensed versions of the famous Peterson Field Guides, the First Guides focus on the animals, plants, and other natural things you are most likely to see. They make it fun to get into the field and easy to progress to the full-fledged Peterson Guides.

About the Author
Richard E. White is a research entomologist at the United States National Museum in Washington and the author of articles and research papers chiefly in his special field of beetles. As an artist he is most experienced in portraying insects, but he also illustrates general biological subjects. Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"'s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and...


Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders
Rod Preston-Mafham
1592234283
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders describes and illustrates fifty-one groups of insects and spiders. In addition, two articles introduce the basic biology and natural history of insects and spiders, respectively. Their form and natural history are more varied than any other group of animals alive today. The beauty of butterflies, moths, and dragonflies is in marked contrast to the alien-looking forms of some bugs, scorpions, and spiders. There are hoverflies that look like bees, ants that look like wasps, and even nonpoisonous butterflies that deter predators by resembling unrelated butterflies, which are, in fact, poisonous to their predators. This book provides a fascinating exploration into this remarkable group of animals.


The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies
Robert Michael Pyle
0394519140
July 1981
Hardcover
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Book Description
Butterflies are among the natural world's most colorful and intriguing creatures, so what could be more useful than a handy field guide with more than 1,000 photographs of all the butterflies of North America north of Mexico, including all true butterflies, the most common skippers, and many migrants and strays. The color plates are visually arranged by shape and color, and thumb-tab silhouettes provide a convenient index to identification of butterflies in the field. The species account for each butterfly provides measurements, descriptions of each stage of the life cycle, and information on coloring or distinguishing markings, flight period, habitat, and range.


Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History
David L. Wagner
0691121443
July 2005
Paperback
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Suzanne Hively, The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"David Wagner has compiled a comprehensive guide to identification and natural history of nearly 700 butterflies and moths".

Review
Robert E. Hoopes Wildlife Activist : A wonderful field guide for those interested in studying the fascinating world of caterpillars.

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Secret Weapons: Defenses of Insects, Spiders, Scorpions, and Other Many-Legged Creatures
Thomas Eisner
0674018826
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Scientific American
"Defense is at the root of the evolutionary success of arthropods." And what a panoply of defenses they display. The authors—Thomas Eisner is J. G. Schurman Professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell University; his wife, Maria Eisner, a research associate of biology at Cornell; and Melody Siegler, an associate professor of biology at Emory University—present 69 examples. They range from Mastigoproctus giganteus (the vinegaroon, which ejects a spray with an acetic acid content of 84 percent when it is physically disturbed) to Apis mellifera (the honeybee, whose stinger produces a chemically complex venom made up of about half mellitin, which is largely responsible for the pain associated with a bee sting). Yet with all that is known on this subject, much must remain to be discovered because millions of...


A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico
Richard E. White
0395911702
April 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Detailed descriptions of insect orders, families, and many individual species are illustrated with 1,300 drawings and 142 superb color paintings. Illustrations - which use the unique Peterson Identification System to distinguish one insect from another - include size lines to show the actual length of each insect. A helpful glossary explains the technical terms of insect anatomy.

About the Author
Richard E. White is a research entomologist at the United States National Museum in Washington and the author of articles and research papers chiefly in his special field of beetles. As an artist he is most experienced in portraying insects, but he also illustrates general biological subjects. Donald J. Borror is a professor of entomology at Ohio State University and the author of...


Caterpillars, Bugs, and Butterflies
Mel Boring
1559716746
January 1999
Paperback
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Card catalog description
An introduction to the world of insects, caterpillars, and butterflies including identification information, educational activities, and fun facts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Familiar Insects and Spiders
Audubon Society
0394757920
February 1987
Paperback
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Book Description
This guide decsribes and illustrates 80 of the most abundant and colorful insects and spiders in North America. An additional thirteen insects are mentioned as similar or related species. 80 color plates.

Inside Flap Copy
This guide decsribes and illustrates 80 of the most abundant and colorful insects and spiders in North America. An additional thirteen insects are mentioned as similar or related species. 80 color plates.


From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Deborah Heiligman
0064451291
May 1996
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1?Although the drama of metamorphosis has been documented with greater detail in other titles, this presentation stands out because of its classroom setting. The process is seen through the children's eyes as they experience the excitement of observing the wiggly caterpillar, watch it molt, change into a chrysalis, endure the endless waiting, and stare in wonder as a Painted Lady butterfly emerges and dries its wings. The closing pages show the class at the window watching the insect pause on a flower before flying away to begin the life cycle once again. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations create a cheerful setting similar in style to those found in Miriam Cohen's books about classroom events. Close-ups show the stages of transformation as captions wend along plant leaves and stems...


Peterson First Guide to Caterpillars of North America
Amy Bartlett Wright
0395911842
May 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Here is the first and only guide to a subject of great interest to gardeners, small children, and lepidopterists: caterpillars, the immature form of butterflies and moths. This guide describes 120 common species of these fuzzy creatures. All the caterpillars, their adult forms and many of their host plants are illustrated.

About the Author
Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world"'s greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation, as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars, and the Peterson Field Guides® are credited with helping to set the stage for the...

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