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Product Details

  • Series: California Natural History Guides (Book 88)
  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520246578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520246577
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This crisply written guide belongs on the shelf of all who have an interest in the natural history of the Golden State."—Dr. Rosser W. Garrison, coauthor of Dragonfly Genera of the New World

About the Author

Arthur V. Evans is Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History, at the Smithsonian Institution, and in the Department of Recent Invertebrates at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He is coauthor, with Charles L. Bellamy, of An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles (UC Press, 2000). James N. Hogue is Manager of Biological Collections in the Department of Biology at California State University, Northridge, and Research Associate at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Together, Arthur and James wrote Introduction to California Beetles (UC Press, 2004).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rebugging on May 29, 2009
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This book supplements and increases my ability to identify California beetles and their life style. It contains interesting descriptions of many families and photographs of representative species. It also describes important facts about the appearance and ecology of the life stages of described species as well as the appearance of similar species. The book is well organized and easy to use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yellowjacket on July 2, 2014
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Nothing else like it. If you like to know what kind of beetle you're looking at, and live in California this is it. A handy field guide with a lot of color photos.
Pros... Lots of photos
convenient size
Good line drawings to illustrate points

Cons...
Cover is not as Robust as some other field guides
Photos could be larger, but this is a quibble.

A good addition to my entomological library.

A year later: I received this as a Christmas gift last year. It was only in November of this year I discovered text pages 148 through 163 are missing, having been supplanted by the color plates. So there is no data on many species, specifically the glow worms I was looking up. I contacted Amazon and they are going to replace it. Hopefully the new one will be complete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob on May 26, 2013
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Field guide and beetles don't really go together. There are just to many beetles even in a single state like California for a single book. There are single genus that would not fit in a book this size. Still the information is well presented and informative. The family key alone makes it a worthwhile buy. Dropped a star because I don't think the little photo section is of any real value and would have preferred a smattering of line drawings.
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Living close to California, many of our beetles are the same. Good book for identifying these guys. Family, genus and species.
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More About the Author

Dr. Arthur V. Evans studied at the California State University at Long Beach where he received his bachelor's degree (1981) in entomology and master's degree (1984) in biology. He then attended the University of Pretoria, South Africa and earned his doctoral degree (1988) in entomology. Evans is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution, Virginia Natural History Museum, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

He lectures widely on arthropod biology, especially beetles. Evans has published 25 scientific papers on the systematics, biology and identification of scarab beetles, as well as over 100 popular articles and books on insects and spiders. He was a contributing author and photographer to volume II of American Beetles, published by CRC Press (2002) and was co-author of An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles, published by University of California Press (2000). He was a contributing writer for A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, published by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the University of California (1999). He also coauthored two books on California beetles, Introduction to California Beetles (2004) and Field Guide to Beetles of California (2006), both published by University of California Press. Evans was also coeditor and contributing writer for the volume on insects for Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (2004). He authored the three invertebrate volumes (insects, arachnids, crustaceans, mollusks, annelids) for the companion series, Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource (2005). His National Wildlife Foundation Field Guide to Insects and Spider of North America, published by Sterling Publishing Co., appeared in 2007.

His latest book, What's Bugging You? A fond look at animals we love to hate (University of Virginia Press, 2008) is a collection of his first 51 columns in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He is currently working on two more books, Introduction to Insects of Virginia and the Carolinas (University of Virginia Press), and Field Guide to Beetles of Eastern North America (Princeton University Press).

Evans also teams up with WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark in Richmond, VA for a weekly feature that airs during NPR's Morning Edition. The program "What's Bugging You - A fond Look at the Animals We Love to Hate" airs each Tuesday morning at 8:35 AM (EST). The program is archived at http://ideastations.org/radio/bugs.

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