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

Species Jadera haematoloma - Red-shouldered Bug


Field Book of Insects of the United States and Canada, Aiming to Answer Common Questions,
By Frank Eugene Lutz
Putnam Pub Group, 1935
Originally published in 1917 and revised/reprinted at least through 1948, this guide is still useful. It has a large number of illustrations, both color and line art. It is especially good on covering diptera and hymenoptera, not covered well in most modern guides. (Borror and White's Field Guide to the Insects is an exception.) Lutz did a great job of chosing notable, and noticeable, insects from a number of orders. Also includes a few non-insect arthropods.

The taxonomy is, of course, somewhat out of date, but it is worth picking up used if you can find it. The later printings/editions, (1935, 1948) can be found used for $5-$10. Try bookfinder.com , for instance.

The Encyclopedia of Land Invertebrate Behaviour
By Rod Preston-Mafham, Ken Preston-Mafham
MIT Press, 1993
A rather densely written, but comprehensive, reference.

Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife
By Don E. Wilson, David Burnie
Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2001

Natural World of Bugs and Insects
By Ken Preston-Mafham, Rod Preston-Mafham
Thunder Bay Press, 2001

Jungle Bugs: Masters of Camouflage and Mimicry
By Bruce Purser
Firefly Books, 2003

Insects & Spiders: An Explore Your World Handbook
By Robert Anderson, David J. Lewis, Paula E. Cushing, James R. Nechols
Discovery Books, 2000

Insects and Spiders
By Dan Bickel
Fog City Press, 2002

The Handy Bug Answer Book
By Gilbert Waldbauer
Visible Ink Press, 1998