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Close-Up on Insects: A Photographer's Guide
By Robert Thompson
Guild of Master Craftsman, 2003
Read a review at NaturePhotographers.Net.

Eastern Forest Insects
By Whiteford L. Baker
U.S. Department of Agriculture · Forest Service, 1972
Miscellaneous publication number 1175

California Insects
By Jerry A. Powell, Charles L. Hogue
University of California Press, 1989

Costa Rican Natural History
By Daniel H. Janzen
University of Chicago Press, 1983
Has a chapter on insects, discussing ecology and natural history. Species accounts with black-and-white photos of some notable tropical insects. Checklist of butterflies, with notes on locations, very useful for narrowing possibilities in this large fauna. Similar checklists of Sphingid moths, Acridoid grasshoppers, and army ants.

Life on a Little-Known Planet
By Howard Ensign Evans
Lyons & Burford, 1993
Reprint of the classic. Has essays and life history information.

A Field Guide to Insects
By Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson
Houghton Mifflin Co, 1998
Representative coverage of most orders. Well illustrated: 1,300 drawings and 142 color illustrations on sixteen plates. Has some life history information and some keys.

Guide to Observing Insect Lives
By Donald W. Stokes
Little, Brown, and Company, 1983
Good introduction to life histories, organized by season. Has extensive reference list, unfortunately, not organized by subject and not keyed to life history accounts. Still worth reading.

Forest Insects of the Southeast
By James A. Beal
Duke University School of Forestry (Bulletin no. 14), 1952
(Subtitle: With Special Reference to Species Occurring in the Piedmont Plateau of North Carolina)

Out-of-print but available in libraries and used. Has extensive life history information for those insects affecting trees, especially lepidoptera, coleoptera. Some photographic illustrations including gallery tunnels of wood borers and the like.

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