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Regional Resources- California (Draft)

California Insect Survey Publications(1)
Essig Museum of Entomology - Research
This great museum has several useful online resources accessible from this page
UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program(2)
Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services, California Department of Food & Agriculture
Information on invasive and destructive pest species and efforts to control them.
Entomological Museums and Collections
Book: (9) Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States, by Ron Russo

Wow! Great work!
Just accidentally bumped into this while doing a Google search.

This will be very useful! Duly noted and bookmarked. Thank you, Chuck :-)

It will presumably get even better as we all help add to the list here when we encounter good new CA resources. Which brings a question to my mind:

-- Is it best to suggest a new link within a comment (as Ken, Emile, and HandsOff have done below) in case it may not be in tune with your vision for this (draft) list?

-- Or would you like us to add entries directly to the body of the list (if we're BG editors) to save you time?

I guess the vision is pretty clear, though if we were all to just pile too much could become a cumbersomely long list. Then again, I tend to worry too much...and I suppose we should count ourselves abundantly blessed if it were to become cumbersomely long! :-)

Further reflections...
If contributors were to add new links directly to your list, perhaps a bigger issue...beyond relevance of the maintaining a coherent organizational and formatting structure (e.g. categories, subcategories, HTML/BBCode mark-up, etc.).

Maybe I'm opening a bigger can of worms than I intended here! :-)

Not without a bigger canopener...
Don't believe the "edit" link- editors can't change any forum topics except their own.

See, I do worry too much!
I'm a recently christened and still very "green" editor. And I'm wary of sharp edges when I use can-openers :-)

Crab Spiders -
Hi Chuck - please consider adding a link to this document - an unusual CA-specific spider reference - appears to be very comprehensive treatment of CA crab and running crab spiders...

It's great to have this all on one page !
Thanks Chuck !

Some feedback:

1. The hyperlink to the Annotated list of California Microlepidoptera is broken.
Is the document still available?

2. The Soldier Flies or Stratiomyidae of California is already mentioned in the beginning of the list, as it is one of the California Insect Survey Publications.

I also discovered that the CIS publications had moved. Thanks!

list of odes in Monterey County
Great stuff!

You might add this if you want to:

(47 species by the way, 2 documented solely with photographs)

Very cool!
How could we get something like this for other states....say Oklahoma for example ?

This will be of great help to many. For Diptera/ Therevidae you might be interested in adding this Key to the Nearctic Genera of Therevidae . Your effort reminded me to put it on the INFO page.

Hey, this is great! Very helpful to those of us in neighboring states as well. Keep up the great work:-)

UC Press books?
Hi Chuck! Thanks for compiling this great list! Do you want to include California-specific insect books like the ones from UC Press on CA Beetles, Odonates, etc.?

BTW - I didn't mean to imply that I wanted you to do it! Would be happy to add the UC Press books myself if it would be helpful and someone gave me a tip on how to do it..... Thanks.


Here is the web address
for the Entomology Department of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Some nice links and info.

potentially to go at the top, or in Northern CA?

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