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Species Epilachna borealis - Squash Lady Beetle

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Introduction to California Beetles (California Natural History Guides, No 78)
By Arthur V. Evans, James N. Hogue
University of California Press, 2004
Brand new (March, 2004). See website:
http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/10132.html

Introduction to North American Beetles
By Charles S. Papp
Entomography Pubns, 1984
Out of print, but worth finding if one is interested in beetles. (Bioquip had a few still in stock in 2003.) Almost 1,000 (black-and-white) illustrations, and some life history information. Papp's scratchboard llustrations are excellent, even artistic.

Note: I do not know how many of the illustrations and species accounts of this work are included in Papp's A Comprehensive Guide to North American Insects--there could be considerable overlap. I have not seen the latter work.

A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
By Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence
Row, Peterson, and Company, 1961
This is long out-of-print, but can be found on the used market. Though old, it is still an extremely useful reference. Has approximately 1,000 good black-and-white illustrations and several pages of color plates. Coverage of widespread, strongly-marked species is quite good. Has keys as well, which can be used by the amateur with a little luck. This is my first choice for identifying an unknown beetle. Taxonomy is out of date in many cases, so names must be used with care.

Original (1961) hardback edition was in one volume. There was a Dover reprint, circa 1971, in two volumes. (Be sure to get both volumes if you are buying that reprint edition.)

An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
By Arthur V. Evans, Charles L. Bellamy, Lisa Charles Watson
Henry Holt and Company, 1996

Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
By Richard E. White
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983

How to Know the Beetles
By Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques
Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1980

Entomophagous Insects.
By Clausen, C.P.
Hafner Publishing, New York. x + 688 pp., 1972
Hymenoptera. Diptera. Lepidoptera. Strepsiptera. Coleoptera. Hemiptera. Thysanoptera. Trichoptera. Mecoptera. Plecoptera. Neuroptera. Odonata. Corrodentia. Orthoptera. Dermaptera. Thysanura.

Clausen, C.P. 1972. Entomophagous Insects. Hafner Publishing, New York. x + 688 pp. (Reprint)

Clausen, C.P. 1940. Entomophagous Insects. McGraw-Hill, New York. x + 688 pp. (Original)

A survey of insects of the Florida Keys: cockroaches (Blattodea), mantids (Mantodea), and walkingsticks (Phasmatodea)
By Peck S.B., Beninger C.
Florida Entomologist 72: 612-617, 1989

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