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Photos of insects and people from the 2022 BugGuide gathering in New Mexico, July 20-24

National Moth Week was July 23-31, 2022! See moth submissions.

Photos of insects and people from the Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Photos of insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Previous events


pics in gallery of the Spencer Entomological Collection

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Revision of the Species of Pleonectyptera Grt. [Grote]
By John B Smith
Transactions of The American Entomological Society 33: 363-379, 1907

A new genus, Nychioptera, with descriptions of two new species and notes on the genus Hemeroplanis (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
By John G. Franclemont
Proceedings of The Entomological Society of Washington 68: 295-306, 1966
Franclemont, J.G. 1966. A new genus, Nychioptera, with descriptions of two new species and notes on the genus Hemeroplanis (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Proc. Ent. Soc. Washington 68: 296-306

MANTODEA Gottesanbeterinnen der Welt
By Reinhard Ehrmann
Natur und Tier-Verlag, 2002
A catalog of over 2000 species of mantids from around the world with information including the scientific names, synonyms, the associated authors and dates, and characteristics of the genera. There are many pages containing color photographs, though not nearly enough to illustrate all the species. Definitely a handy reference book...if you can read German! Over 500 pages.

The Praying Mantids
By Frederick R. Prete, Lawrence E. Hurd, Patrick, H. Wells, Harrington Wells
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000
A book discussing much of the current research into mantids and containing a lot of information and data. It is not a field guide, though it contains several pages of color photographs of mantid species from around the world. A must read for mantid enthusiasts, but it may be a bit too technical for those only minorly interested.

By Marion W. Copeland, 2003
Reaktion Books, London, 2003
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Copeland, M.W. 2003. Cockroach. Reaktion Books Ltd., London. 200 pp.

The Compleat Cockroach
By David George Gordon
Ten Speed Press, 1996

Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States
By Ron Russo
Finally a guide to plant galls for the western United States. In addition to information on host selection, growth, and development, the book contains many color photos useful in the field. Over 300 species, including 35 new to science, are described.

Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
By Stephen A. Marshall
Firefly Books Ltd, 2006
From the publishers website;

4,000 color photographs, illustrations, charts, bibliography, 28 picture keys, index

Insects enables readers to quickly and accurately identify most insects. The more than 50 pages of picture keys -- containing hundreds of illustrations -- lead to the appropriate chapter and specific photos to confirm identification. The keys are surprisingly comprehensive and easy for non-specialists to use.

. Detailed chapters covering all insect orders and the insect families of eastern North America

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