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

Species Apantesis virgo - Virgin Tiger Moth - Hodges#8197


National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America
By Arthur V. Evans
Sterling, 2007
Covers 940 species and includes over 2,000 color photos.

Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast
By Eugene N. Kozloff
University of Washington Press, 2000
This book covers everything from plants to marine mammals along the coast of the Pacific, as well as Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia, the San Juan Archipelago and San Francisco Bay.

I have found it extremely useful and it includes many of the mites, insects, isopods, etc. that may be found when visiting the beach.

Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest
By edited by P. D. Boersma, S. H. Reichard, & A. N. Van Buren.
University of Washington Press, 2006
It has a lot of history that is relevant to, in many cases North America in general. It tells when & where the first appearances or introductions of the different species occurred, etc.

It isn't only Arthropods, but it does cover a spider and some arthropods. Because there is so little "new" info available for the Pacific Northwest, I wanted to include this in the Book list.

Natural Enemies Handbook
By Mary Louise Flint and Steve H. Dreistadt
A book about integrated pest management (IPM), the biological control of garden and agricultural pests.
This book includes many useful photos and details about the life cycles of "pests" and their natural arthropod parasites and predators.

Field Guide to Beetles of California
By Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue
University of California Press, 2006
This is the companion volume to Introduction to California Beetles published in 2004. Features from the publisher website:

¥ Features 300 color photographs, 110 drawings, and 2 maps
¥ Covers 569 species in 56 families
¥ Lists California's sensitive, threatened, and endangered species
¥ Provides resources and web sites for further study of California beetles

List price is $24.95; Amazon and other discount booksellers have it at about $16.50 plus shipping.

A Dictionary of the Roots and Combining Forms of Scientific Words
By Tim Williams
Squirrox Press, 2006


(I have copied the following text from the book's back page)

If you are curious about words you can use this book to find out exactly what ARTIODACTYL means, what an ECTOLOPH is and where you can find CANTIUM. Within this book are over 12,800 entries, plus directions for using the roots, rules of pronunciation, guidance for constructing scientific names and general principles for changing Greek letters into their English equivalents.

Additionally there are appendices listing adjectival forms of geographical names, some common terms for animals, plants and structures, activities and habitats, shapes, sizes, colors, textures, patterns, numbers, quantity, direction and location, parts of the year and chemical elements.

Plants and Animals of the Pacific Northwest: An Illustrated Guide to the Natural History of Western Oregon, Washington and Briti
By Eugene N. Kozloff
University of Washington Press, 1978
This book covers a wide range of plants and animals from Western British Columbia down through Western Oregon.
It has a very good section on non-insect invertebrates (snails & slugs, centipedes & millipedes, sowbugs & pillbugs).

It is also divided by habitat, rather than Classification.

Life in the Undergrowth (DVD)
By Attenborough, David
BBC Warner, 2006
Though this is a BBC special, there are insects featured from all over the world including North America.

This rivals Microcosmos as far as the cinematography goes, but has the addition of Attenborough's natural history nuggets of info on different species as well. This is a must for any fan of Bug Guide!