The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English languageNew York, The Century Company, 1906
For the true lover of entomological etymology. The Century Dictionary is a treasure-trove of 19th century science and technology, including lots of zoology and botany. The origin of the names of obscure insect genera can sometimes be found in this work. (I had been unable to find the origin of Bomolocha anywhere else.) A mammoth, leather-bound, 10-volume work, long out of print, but available in university and large public libraries. A great source of public-domain zoological art as well, it is profusely illustrated with very detailed engravings. This was the American answer to the British Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Supposedly the editors of the OED left the technical material to the American work because it was so superior to their efforts.
The Anatomy of Insects & Spiders: Over 600 Exquisite FormsBy Claire Beverley, David Ponsonby
Chronicle Books, 2003
An interesting little book with over 600 entomological drawings, engravings, and woodcuts from the Victorian era grouped together by order. Each set of illustrations is accompanied by a brief discussion of their respective order, often including accounts from early naturalists.
Macrophotography: Learning from a MasterBy Ronan Loaec, Gilles Martin
Harry N Abrams, 2003
A fairly comprehensive book, discussing how to photograph a variety of natural subjects, including insects and spiders. Filled with stunning photographs and plenty of information on camera equipment and setup and advanced techniques.
John Shaw's Closeups in NatureBy John Shaw
Amphoto Books, 1987
A book by noted nature photographer, John Shaw, about the techniques and equipment related to producing closeup photos of natural subjects. Many of the examples include stunning images of insects and the information revealed in the book is useful for anyone who is serious about bug photography. There is extensive discussion on the basics of closeup photography and plenty of information about ways of achieving excellent magnification. Highly recommended.
How to Photograph Insects and SpidersBy Larry West, Julie Ridl
Stackpole Books, 1994
As the title suggests, this book contains information about the techniques and equipment used by professional nature photographer, Larry West, in taking pictures of insects and spiders. Contains many lovely images and valuable information for beginning photographers who use SLR cameras.
The Book of Field and Roadside: Open-Country Weeds, Trees, and Wildflowers of Eastern North AmericaBy John Eastman, Amelia Hansen
Stackpole Books, 2003
A book on North American plant ecology for the amateur naturalist. Has extensive discussion of insect associates. Good illustrations of galls, feeding damage, and the like. Third in a trilogy: The Books of... Forest and Thicket, Swamp and Bog, Field and Roadside. This one covers plants of eastern meadows and fields.
The Book of Swamp and Bog: Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers of the Eastern Freshwater WetlandsBy John Eastman, Amelia Hansen
Stackpole Books, 1995
A book on North American plant ecology for the amateur naturalist. Has extensive discussion of insect associates. Has some illustrations of galls, feeding damage, and the like. Second in a trilogy: The Books of... Forest and Thicket, Swamp and Bog, Field and Roadside. This one covers plants of eastern freshwater wetlands.