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Identification Atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the Northeastern Nearctic Region
By Matthias Buck, Stephen A. Marshall, and David K. B. Cheung
Biological Survey of Canada [Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification], 2008
Cite: 171362 with citation markup [cite:171362]
The Atlas covers the northeastern part of the North American continent (south to Virginia, west to the Ontario/Manitoba border, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kentucky). Ninety-two established and six adventitious species are covered by 13 keys from the subfamily to the species level. Keys are accompanied by 437 Figures (mostly high resolution colour photographs) illustrating all important diagnostic characters. Species pages include a set of standard images (636 colour photographs in total) showing lateral and dorsal aspects as well as male and female heads, complemented by images of live specimens where available (many provided by Bugguide contributors!). The variation, distribution and biology of every species is discussed. The work is accompanied by a glossary of scientific terms, and morphological structures are furthermore illustrated in a separate Morphology section. The Atlas is designed both for the amateur and the professional user. With 492 pages, 3 Tables and 1073 Figures (PDF version). An electronic paper published in the Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification No. 5 (19 February 2008). ISSN 1911-2173. Provided in HTML and PDF format. Available online (free access) at

Second link obsolete
The second link is now obsolete as well. Please use:

link to online version
The link in the original post takes you to the journal's home page. This link will take you directly to the online version of the paper.

Your link redirects
to this link.
The text "ualberta" and "ejournal" no longer appears in the URL.

thanks Robin
unfortunately, there's no way for me to edit the link in my comment

Vespid link
I think this will work.

This link works!
I just downloaded the entire text as a pdf.

What a GREAT news!
Undoubtedly a model for what should be done at a worldwide level!

This has to be seen to be believed!
It would be great if this kind of work was not such a rare find! This is an example of internet resources at their best!

I agree fully!
This is an outstanding work and hopefully more books will be written like this! I am adding a link to a readable/downloadable form of the book in its entirety including photos. The PDF version on the net lacks the beautiful color photos unfortunatly. Here is a link to a complete copy along with the photos.

Here is the link: