Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Heloridae


Insects of the Pacific Northwest
By Peter Haggard, Judy Haggard
Timber Press, 2006

Les Insectes du Québec--Guide d' Identification
By Yves Dubuc
Éditions Broquet, 2005
In French. Described on http://www.lesinsectesduquebec.com/ as having over 2000 color photos of 1530 species of insects. (That site also has extensive resources on-line.)
Careful, there may be a popular and a "scientific" version of this work--I can't be quite sure of the ISBN. See for instance, the
amazon Canada
listing, which shows a different cover than the work above.

(Contributed by Simon Carmichael.)

Medical and Veterinary Entomology
By Gary Mullen, Lance Durden
Academic Press, 2002
Great standard reference to the whole realm of Medical and Veterinary Entomology.

The Insects: An Outline of Entomology
By P. J. Gullan, P. S. Cranston
Blackwell Science, 2000
A good primer on general anatomy, physiology, and the discipline of Entomology as a whole.

Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology
By Eric Grissell
Timber Press (OR), 2001
An interesting book. Mostly it is an introduction to insect diversity and ecology for gardeners, but later chapters talk about some tricks for attracting insects. Much of the book is really trying to convince traditional gardeners that the presence of insects is not necessarily a bad thing. The photographs (by Carll Goodpasture) are excellent, and reproduced beautifully.

Microcosmos (DVD)
By Dir: Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou
Buena Vista Home Vid, 2005
Originally released in France in 1996, this has finally come out in the US on DVD. The cinematography in this is absolutley stunning and inspiring. Also, there is no voiceover narration - simply just ambient sounds of nature.

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
By Eric Eaton, Kenn Kaufman
Houghton Mifflin, 2006
Hooray! Eric's book has appeared on Amazon.com 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

50 Common Insects of the Southwest
By Carl E. Olson
Western National Parks Association, 2004
A concise book profilng a few notable southwestern insects. Taxonomic coverage is broad. Photos are uniformly excellent, as is the typography and layout. Each account has a couple of paragraphs of life history and lore.