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Microcosmos (DVD)
By Dir: Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou
Buena Vista Home Vid, 2005
Originally released in France in 1996, this has finally come out in the US on DVD. The cinematography in this is absolutley stunning and inspiring. Also, there is no voiceover narration - simply just ambient sounds of nature.

Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
By Eric Eaton, Kenn Kaufman
Houghton Mifflin, 2006
Hooray! Eric's book has appeared on Amazon.com with a tentative publication date of January 2006. And here's the description from the Amazon site:

"Many insects are difficult even for the experts to identify. In the
new Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, readers
will find a wealth of information on the amazing observable behaviors of
insects and their fascinating life histories. Naturalists Kenn Kaufman
and Eric Eaton use a broad ecological approach rather than overly technical
terms, making the book accessible and understandable for everyone.
The lively and engaging text emphasizes the insects that are most

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 The info in the book may be outdated now, since it was published in the late 1970's.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.

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