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

Superfamily Dascilloidea - Soft-bodied Plant and Cicada Parasite Beetles


That Gunk on Your Car: A Unique Guide to Insects of North America
By Mark E Hostetler, Phd.
Ten Speed Press, 1997
Although geared towards children, a very fun book that enables one to identify splats on the car windshield!

Furtive Fauna: A Field Guide to the Creatures Who Live on You
By Roger M. Knutson
Ten Speed Press, 1996
Fabulous book detailing the many species that live on us - including lice, fleas, ticks, mites, mosquitoes, chiggers, and bedbugs.

Centipedes and Millipedes, with an Emphasis on North American Fauna
By Rowland M. Shelley
Emporia State University, 1999
The Kansas School Naturalist, volume 45, no. 3, March, 1999. Has photographic illustrations of some species.

Also available as a slideshow linked at:
http://www.emporia.edu/ksn/

Broadsides from the Other Orders
By Sue Hubbell
Random House, 1993
Lyrical essays with serious scientific content. Good illustrations and good coverage of some of the obscure groups, such as Daddy Long-legs, cave crickets.

Milkweed, Monarchs and More: A Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed Patch
By Ba Rea, Karen Oberhauser, Michael Quinn
Bas Relief Publishing Group, 2003
Spiffy little book illustrating insects (and a few other arthropods) that frequent milkweeds and other meadow flowers of North America. Excellent photographs, with detailed identifications using scientific names. Especially nice is the Gallery of Ladybug Beetles, illustrating some common members of that family. Detailed notes on ecology. This book is a gem, and a bargain at $9.00 list.

Publisher's web site is: http://basrelief.org/ .

BugGuide contributor Mike Quinn is one of the authors!

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The taxonomy is, of course, somewhat out of date, but it is worth picking up used if you can find it.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