A Natural History of the Sonoran DesertBy Steven J. Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus
University of California Press, 1999
A comprehensive natural history, it has several chapters on insects, emphasizing ecology. Has some illustrations and checklists.
That Gunk on Your Car: A Unique Guide to Insects of North AmericaBy Mark E Hostetler, Phd.
Ten Speed Press, 1997
Although geared towards children, a very fun book that enables one to identify splats on the car windshield!
Furtive Fauna: A Field Guide to the Creatures Who Live on YouBy Roger M. Knutson
Ten Speed Press, 1996
Fabulous book detailing the many species that live on us - including lice, fleas, ticks, mites, mosquitoes, chiggers, and bedbugs.
Broadsides from the Other OrdersBy Sue Hubbell
Random House, 1993
Lyrical essays with serious scientific content. Good illustrations and good coverage of some of the obscure groups, such as Daddy Long-legs, cave crickets.
Milkweed, Monarchs and More: A Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed PatchBy Ba Rea, Karen Oberhauser, Michael Quinn
Bas Relief Publishing Group, 2003
Spiffy little book illustrating insects (and a few other arthropods) that frequent milkweeds and other meadow flowers of North America. Excellent photographs, with detailed identifications using scientific names. Especially nice is the Gallery of Ladybug Beetles
, illustrating some common members of that family. Detailed notes on ecology. This book is a gem, and a bargain at $9.00 list.
Publisher's web site is: http://basrelief.org/
BugGuide contributor Mike Quinn
is one of the authors!
Field Book of Insects of the United States and Canada, Aiming to Answer Common Questions,By Frank Eugene Lutz
Putnam Pub Group, 1935
Originally published in 1917 and revised/reprinted at least through 1948, this guide is still useful. It has a large number of illustrations, both color and line art. It is especially good on covering diptera and hymenoptera, not covered well in most modern guides. (Borror and White's Field Guide to the Insects is an exception.) Lutz did a great job of chosing notable, and noticeable, insects from a number of orders. Also includes a few non-insect arthropods.
The taxonomy is, of course, somewhat out of date, but it is worth picking up used if you can find it. The later printings/editions, (1935, 1948) can be found used for $5-$10. Try bookfinder.com
, for instance.