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Collecting and Preserving Insects and Mites: Techniques and Tools
By Schauff, M.E., ed.
USDA Miscellaneous Publication 1443, 1986
Available online as pdf: here

This version is an updated version of the original 1986 edition.

Useful publication, comparable to (1), but includes some more recent information.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Special Animals List.
By California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB).
Periodic publication. 51 pp., 2016

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Natural Diversity Database. April 2016. Special Animals List. Periodic publication. 51 pp.

"Special Animals” is a broad term used to refer to all the animal taxa tracked by the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB), regardless of their legal or protection status. This list is also referred to as the list of “species at risk” or “special status species”. The Special Animals list includes species, subspecies, or Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESU) where at least one of the following conditions applies:

Maryland Biodiversity Project
Maryland Biodiversity Project (MBP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on cataloging all the living things of Maryland, having cataloged more than 16,000 species, including vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants.

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A Florida caterpillar and other arthropods inhabiting the webs of a subsocial spider (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae; Araneida: Theridi
By Deyrup, Kraus and Eisner
Florida Entomologist Volume 87, Issue 4, pp. 554–558 , 2004
Caterpillars of Tallula watsoni regularly occur in the webs of the subsocial spider Anelosimus studiosus (Hentz) in south Florida.

Available online here.

Keys to Marine Invertebrates of the Woods Hole Region
By Smith R.I.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 1964
Very useful as an introduction to the marine invertebrates of New England. Note that for some taxa, the treatment is incomplete and covers only a few common species. Online at BHL.

Encylopdia of Life
Encylopdia of Life provides global access to knowledge about life on Earth, including description and images of many species

Bugs. Big & Small God Made Them All
By Will Zinke
Master books, 2014
This book is 80 pages of pure awesome! It has beautiful Images, cool facts, and much more! Its main sections are called Amazing Creepy Crawlers, Jumbo Giants, Weird & Wonderful, Bugs In Camo!, and Bizarre and Beautiful. It tells you all about the bugs it talking about and even has Latin in it. It also has 12 fact cards in the back of the book you can take out. Note this is not a field guide.

The Complete Guide To Insects And Spiders
By Jinny Johnson
Jenni Johns , 2009
This is a huge book with beautiful pictures of insects and many illustrations as well. I would put it as an age range from 7-10.
Note this is not a field guide.

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