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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; First Edition edition (January 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156512071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565120716
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starcher, an organic gardener, says good bugs are the ones that are beneficial, their behavior helping control plant-eating insects that otherwise would feed off our gardens. Starcher divides the good bugs into predators, such as the praying mantis and ladybird beetles; parasitoids, such as some species of wasps; pollinators, such as bees; and soil builders, such as earthworms. Color illustrations of each insect in egg, larval, and adult stages are included, along with a list of plants that attract them (such as baby's breath, clover, dill, goldenrod, lavender, parsley, and sunflowers), the insects they feed on, and their habits, habitats, and appearance. George Cohen

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"A valuable addition to a gardener's book shelf." -- Los Angeles Times

"Charmingly illustrated guide...informative." -- Publisher's Weekly

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "vera_lynn" on May 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Though limited in scope, I found this book very informative: Just flipping through it answered a number of niggling questions I've had for years, such as "what is a damsel-fly, anyhow?" and "what WAS that hideous THING???"
Just pulling it off the shelf, you might be tempted to dismiss this book as lightweight: The text scrawls across the page in a handwriting-like typeface, and doodle-sketches of bugs and flowers and scenery run scattershot throughout. The information seems solid, however, and there's a great deal of it.
The bugs covered in this book range from prominent garden bugs, such as ladybugs and bumble bees, to almost undetectable critters, like the trichograma wasp. Overall, they have exactly two things in common: They are somehow beneficial to your yard, and they are prevalent enough that you _might_ have actually seen one!
Entries include a common name, family, and order at the top of the page, a brief introductory comment on the bug or bug family, a color sketch of said bug --frequently with hapless victim-- preferred prey/means by which they do their thing, preferred habitat, and information about how to get said bug to take up permanent residence in your yard. The author often includes personal comments about the bug (why she likes it, curious behaviors, that sort of thing). Additional pictures range from "actual size" sketches to unabashed border doodles.
For me, the most interesting thing about this book was the coverage it gave to (1) larval bugs (yech!) and (2) tips on attracting/maintaining a native population for your yard. I'm not into grubs, but it IS helpful to know which ones I shouldn't be killing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a beginning gardener, I found this book to be very concise and informative. It was easy reading with colorful illustrations of the adult and nymph insects. Starcher's style of writing reminded me of reading a good friend's "bug diary". A very charming book. I recommend this book to any beginning gardener who has little time for indepth study of garden pests, just the good bugs please!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on November 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Written and illustrated by Starcher, this charming slim volume is packed with useful information. Each attractively designed page is devoted to an insect, showing in detailed color its larval and adult stages and sometimes its eggs as well as favored habitat. Starcher includes information about how to attract and keep useful predators, lists their favorite prey and shows their actual size. In addition to the beetles, thrips, flies, bees, wasps and more, she includes a chapter on non-insect helpers such as worms, nematodes and spiders.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sprecher on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've actually managed to use this book out in my own garden to identify some of six-legged friends and foes who share the space with me. The text is informative, the illustrations delightful. I've given copies out as gifts to fellow gardeners, and they have all been pleased.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Pictures of bugs have lots of information for anyone who may be interested in "Good Bugs". Some of the text is difficult to read.
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I saw this book at a Master Gardener's class about beneficial insects. It looked like a good resource and fit well with the class being offered. It is good looking and contains accurate information. The artist is very talented. Delightful book.
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