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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology
By Eric Grissell
Timber Press (OR), 2001
ISBN: 0881925047
Cite: 24052 with citation markup [cite:24052]
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.

A wonderful,
and useful book! I started xeriscaping (SoCal is a land of little water and drought tolerant native plants) my back lot in 1978. By now, aside from bird and mammal visitors, there's an astonishing variety of insects.
Here's a link to a Library of Congress webcast by Eric Grissell: Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology. Watching this informative and humorous talk will make you want to read the book.

EXCELLENT book! This should be required reading for every gardener and is a great overview of entomology 101. If you're interested in insects, whether you garden or not, you should read this book.

Looks good. I'll add it to my wish list.

there's actually ...
... a columnist here in Virginia who writes all the time about his insect garden, a concept I had never considered before I began to read his work.

Why not go beyond simply planting for butterflies? Why not make room for doodlebugs and non-pestilent beetles, dragonflies and the world of bees?

It's a great idea.