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Species Orchelimum concinnum - Stripe-faced Meadow Katydid

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50 Common Insects of the Southwest
By Carl E. Olson
Western National Parks Association, 2004
A concise book profilng a few notable southwestern insects. Taxonomic coverage is broad. Photos are uniformly excellent, as is the typography and layout. Each account has a couple of paragraphs of life history and lore.

Insects in Perspective
By Michael D. Atkins
Prentice Hall College Div, 1978
A fairly general entomology textbook covering topics such as anatomy, behavior, and ecology of insects. Diagrams and photographs are in black and white. The info in the book may be outdated now, since it was published in the late 1970's.

Bugs in the System: Insects and Their Impact on Human Affairs (Helix Books)
By M. Berenbaum, May R. Berenbaum
Addison Wesley Publishing Company, 1996
Lots of information related insects and entomology, with a focus on the intereaction between bugs and people. Many chapters of the book are devoted to the various insect species, both good and bad, that have had particular significance in human history. It is written in a very readable style with a nice touch of humor. Over 350 pages.

Insects in Flight
By John Brackenbury
Blandford Pr, 1996
A book dealing with all aspects of insect flight and filled with large, colorful photographs of insects flying and jumping.

Insects in Kansas
By Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White
Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, 2000
Pub Number: S131 of Kansas Department Of Agriculture. Spiral-bound, 523 pages, 920 photos. Recommended by a couple of different insect-watchers out there. Valuable for its very large number of color photos. Reproductions are of good quality, though a little small in some cases. Good, but brief, life-history information. Coverage of different orders is extensive--many rather tiny and obscure insects are covered as well as large, showy species and those of economic importance.


Ordering information at: this page (updated 2/4/2011). They don't take on-line orders (how quaint!), but do take orders by phone, e-mail, or snail mail:

Insects of the Los Angeles Basin, 2nd edition
By Charles L. Hogue
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1992
An excellent introduction and field guide to the insects (and other arthropods) of Southern California.

Charles Hogue was the curator of entomology at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County for 30 years, until his death in 1992.

Insects of North Carolina
By C.S. Brimley
North Carolina Department of Agriculture, 1938
Essentially an annotated checklist of North Carolina insects. Since this state has such a variety of habitats, from the fir forests and mountain balds, to the sub-tropical coastal areas, this book is a useful resource for much of the eastern US. There are no illustrations, but some comments on life history, phenology, and regional occurence in that state. Supplements published later, are hard to find. The work is incredibly comprehensive, at over 500 pages and 10,000 species in the original edition. There was a fourth supplement covering hymenoptera in 1995, which should be available in libraries.

For Love of Insects
By Thomas Eisner
Belknap Press, 2003
A former entomology prof of mine showed me his copy and I ordered it the next day!. Eisner is a a professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell and has a wonderful knack for writing and photography as well! If you are interested in insect defenses, camouflage, etc. this book is for you! It is scientific but written with the layperson in mind. He has a great sense of humor, too.

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