Carabidae of Vermont and New HampshireBy Ross T. Bell
Shire Press, VT, 2015
A lifetime of work on the carabid beetles of Vermont and New Hampshire has reached fruition and is now available in Carabidae of Vermont and New Hampshire by Ross T. Bell, Professor Emeritus of the University of Vermont. Ross Bell is a well-known and well-published expert on Carabidae. He and his wife, Joyce Bell, are the world's leading experts on the carabid tribe Rhysodini, the Wrinkled Bark Beetles, and have described over three quarters of the world's 360 species.
The work will be indispensable to anyone interested in the fauna of New England, ecology, habitats, conservation, distribution, or carabid beetles. It is not an identification manual, but there is a wealth of biological and distributional information beyond what has been currently available, along with 13 new state records or confirmation of catalogue records that were in doubt. An introduction discusses topography, mountains, wetlands, vegetation, soils, life zones, and biophysical regions of Vermont and New Hampshire. A list of species indicates state records, confirmation of catalogue records previously considered tentative, literature records, and adventive species. Names have been updated following Bousquet's 2012 Catalogue. The main text follows with brief tribal and generic summaries and individual accounts of 495 species. Each species account includes general range, local range, habitat, life cycle, behavior and dynamics. References, an index, and Vermont/New Hampshire range maps for all species finish the work.