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Bugs of British Columbia
By John Acorn, Illustrated by Ian Sheldon
Lone Pine Publishing, 2001
ISBN: 1-55105-231-8
Cite: 31265
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. All in all, mostly due to the choice of insects, illustrations, and wanting text, this is an excellent reference for the beginning enthusiast of British Columbia insects and spiders (and a few other non-insect arthropods).

"Cute" equals "readable"
I've met John Acorn, and I have another in his series "Bugs of...." His audience is NOT scientists, so he is often criticized for his writing style, and the offbeat humor in his Animal Planet Show "John Acorn, the Nature Nut." Truth is, though, that he is very accurate, and his style makes him immensely appealing to folks who would otherwise be totally illiterate in natural history.

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