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Species Lachesilla texana

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.

Sonoran Desert Summer
By John Alcock, Marilyn Hoff Stewart
University of Arizona Press, 1994

Sonoran Desert Spring
By John Alcock, Marilyn Hoff Stewart
University of Arizona Press, 1994
Includes quite a bit on behavior of notable southwestern insects.

Living With Insects of the Southwest: How to Identify Helpful, Harmful and Venomous Insects
By Floyd G. Werner, Carl Olson
Perseus Publishing, 1994
Emphasizes notable insects that may be found around southwestern homes. Has line drawings and good discussions of natural history.

Garden Insects of North America : The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides)
By Whitney Cranshaw
Princeton University Press, 2004
This 600+ page book is good in that it breaks down insects into plants, trees, and fruit that they live on. There are numerous photographs of the different stages of growth for many species, which I prefer over just a shot of adult specimens.