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Previous events


Order Odonata - Dragonflies and Damselflies

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Bugs of Washington and Oregon
By John Acorn, Ian Sheldon
Lone Pine Publishing, 2001
A popular guide with some notable species. Overlaps, partly, Bugs of Northern California. (1)

Cerambycidae of North Dakota
By Guy A. Hanley
Minot State University, 2005
This new guide provides identification to 87 species of cerambycid, or longhorn beetles, that have been found in North Dakota. All species are treated one per page, with full color images, species descriptions, known habitats and ranges, and county distribution maps. Spiral bound. Contact the author at or (701) 858-3076.

Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
By Donald J. Borror
Mayfield Publishing Company, 1960
I don't have this one yet, but it looks like it would be a nice reference to ferret out the meanings of those scientific names.

The Century Dictionary: an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language
New York, The Century Company, 1906
For the true lover of entomological etymology. The Century Dictionary is a treasure-trove of 19th century science and technology, including lots of zoology and botany. The origin of the names of obscure insect genera can sometimes be found in this work. (I had been unable to find the origin of Bomolocha anywhere else.) A mammoth, leather-bound, 10-volume work, long out of print, but available in university and large public libraries. A great source of public-domain zoological art as well, it is profusely illustrated with very detailed engravings. This was the American answer to the British Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Supposedly the editors of the OED left the technical material to the American work because it was so superior to their efforts.

The Anatomy of Insects & Spiders: Over 600 Exquisite Forms
By Claire Beverley, David Ponsonby
Chronicle Books, 2003
An interesting little book with over 600 entomological drawings, engravings, and woodcuts from the Victorian era grouped together by order. Each set of illustrations is accompanied by a brief discussion of their respective order, often including accounts from early naturalists.

Macrophotography: Learning from a Master
By Ronan Loaec, Gilles Martin
Harry N Abrams, 2003
A fairly comprehensive book, discussing how to photograph a variety of natural subjects, including insects and spiders. Filled with stunning photographs and plenty of information on camera equipment and setup and advanced techniques.

John Shaw's Closeups in Nature
By John Shaw
Amphoto Books, 1987
A book by noted nature photographer, John Shaw, about the techniques and equipment related to producing closeup photos of natural subjects. Many of the examples include stunning images of insects and the information revealed in the book is useful for anyone who is serious about bug photography. There is extensive discussion on the basics of closeup photography and plenty of information about ways of achieving excellent magnification. Highly recommended.

How to Photograph Insects and Spiders
By Larry West, Julie Ridl
Stackpole Books, 1994
As the title suggests, this book contains information about the techniques and equipment used by professional nature photographer, Larry West, in taking pictures of insects and spiders. Contains many lovely images and valuable information for beginning photographers who use SLR cameras.

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