Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
By Eric Eaton, Kenn Kaufman
Houghton Mifflin, 2006
ISBN: 0618153101
Cite: 15572 with citation markup [cite:15572]
Hooray! Eric's book has appeared on with a tentative publication date of January 2006. And here's the description from the Amazon site:

"Many insects are difficult even for the experts to identify. In the
new Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, readers
will find a wealth of information on the amazing observable behaviors of
insects and their fascinating life histories. Naturalists Kenn Kaufman
and Eric Eaton use a broad ecological approach rather than overly technical
terms, making the book accessible and understandable for everyone.
The lively and engaging text emphasizes the insects that are most
likely to catch our attention but includes information on all groups that
can be recognized. The guide is lavishly illustrated, with more than
2,000 digitally enhanced photographs representing every major group
of insects found in North America north of Mexico. Comprehensive yet
compact, authoritative yet easy to understand, this is the perfect guide
for anyone who wants to know more about the fascinating and diverse
insects of North America."

Very helpful
I'm a relative beginner in ID-ing insects, and I find this book very helpful for quickly narrowing down what I might have found. I love that it points out in every section that there are tons of other similar insects rather than implying as many field guides do that there are only one or two possibilities and if you found something vaguely similar you must be right. Helpful pictures. The shadow showing actual size is helpful, too. There is a short section on non-insect arthropods, too.

Possibly my favorite part is the last page: a quick index such that if you know you have, say, a stink bug, you can quickly glance at it to see where they are covered, rather than flipping through a several-page index (which it also has).

Now available via Google Books...

Waiting anxiously..
Does anyone know if Eric Eaton's book is still going to be published? I was so looking forward to having it and now it seems as though I am not hearing anymore about it. I hope it is still in the works. We need a good guide!

You can ask Eric directly
You can ask Eric directly, his page is here:

Amazon says February 2007 is the release date.

I noticed Amazon has a cover image now too.

I got a copy last week at my
I got a copy last week at my local Books A Million, I gotta say, the pictures are great, but I was expecting more info than whats provided.

for a field guide that size...
...the information is exceptionally well selected and presented.
the best pocket guide on the market, in my opinion.

Interesting that this is your only "contribution" to Bugguide, KD. If you are an "advanced" student of entomology, then you are *not* part of the intended audience. I am sorry if you were disappointed.