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Genus Ligia - Seaslaters

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By Gilbert Waldbauer
Harvard Unviversity Press, 2003
This book is aimed at the general public and as such the text is very lightly sprinkled with scientific names. Should you wish to investigate something further, then the carefully selected reading list for each chapter becomes very useful. I've already used it with great advantage.
In it I found something profoundly true and worth bearing in mind when you next spot a bug:
"For every insect we see, there are tens of thousands that we do not see, because they are small or hidden beneath the soil, within a plant or an animal, under a rock, or in some other "crack or crevice" of the environment."

Exploring The Nature Around You
By Greg Dodge
Brownbag/Catbird Productions, 2005
An interesting and entertaining medley of natural history videography with informative, but non-technical narration. There are five features of about ten minutes each on this DVD. Of most interest for BugGuide is Bees and Wasps. This has excellent footage of several common eastern hymenoptera. The sped-up sequence of nest construction by a Eumenes is particularly neat. Also notable are beautiful sequences of a nesting Great Golden Digger Wasp and of an Isodontia, nesting in an old garden hose!

Other features have substantial arthropod footage: River Walk, Field Trip: Meadows, Fields, and Pastures, and What's going on in YOUR backyard?.

Butterflies of British Columbia
By Crispin S. Guppy, Jon H. Shepard
UBC Press, 2001
A magnificent volume!
"The authors describe all 187 species and 264 subspecies of butterflies in the province and surrounding areas, highlighted with colour photographs. They also discuss the biology, life history, range, habitat and conservation status for each. Ideal for beginners and serious butterfly watchers." More details here:

Introducing the Dragonflies of British Columbia and the Yukon
By Robert A. Cannings
Royal British Columbia Museum, 2002
An absolutely indispensable guide to the Dragonflies of British Columbia (and the Yukon I suppose). Excellent text, identification keys and photographs. More details here:

Bugs of British Columbia
By John Acorn, Illustrated by Ian Sheldon
Lone Pine Publishing, 2001
A basic but representative guide to "the 125 Coolest Bugs of British Columbia." I have found this book very useful as a starting point when trying to identify local insects. Ian Sheldon's illustrations are attractive and accurate. John Acorn's text is a little too cute at times. He tries too hard to make entomology interesting and fun at the expense of more relevant information about some of his insect subjects (he doesn't have much room for his descriptive text -- half a page for each insect). But he generally leaves the reader with enough stimulation to search further in more specialized sources.

Bugs of Northern California
By John Acorn, Ian Sheldon
Lone Pine Publishing, 2002
A popular guide with notable species. Overlaps, partly, Bugs of Washington and Oregon. (1)

Bugs of Washington and Oregon
By John Acorn, Ian Sheldon
Lone Pine Publishing, 2001
A popular guide with some notable species. Overlaps, partly, Bugs of Northern California. (1)

Cerambycidae of North Dakota
By Guy A. Hanley
Minot State University, 2005
This new guide provides identification to 87 species of cerambycid, or longhorn beetles, that have been found in North Dakota. All species are treated one per page, with full color images, species descriptions, known habitats and ranges, and county distribution maps. Spiral bound. Contact the author at or (701) 858-3076.

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