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Product Details

  • Series: Timber Press Field Guides
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881926892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881926897
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

With coverage from southwestern British Columbia to northern California, from the coast to the high desert, this invaluable field guide, featuring more than 600 superb color photographs, describes more than 450 species of common, easily visible insects and some non-insect invertebrates. Ideal for hikers, fishers, and naturalists.

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With coverage from southwestern British Columbia to northern California, from the coast to the high desert, this guide features more than 600 color photos and describes more than 450 species of common, easily visible insects.

Customer Reviews

The field guide overall is good.
Arthur
I love insects and add to my bug book library all the time.
patarnone
Very good descriptions, pictures and maps.
Pepper Allen

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Adam Schneider on July 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
First of all, I should acknowledge that there are hundreds of thousands of species of insects, and you can't expect a single book to cover all of them, even for a small area of the globe. That said, this book is still woefully lacking any sense of completeness. It seems to have gone overboard in covering "cute" insects (ten full pages of ladybird beetles, about half the book devoted to butterflies and moths), while leaving some things out completely. Earwigs and silverfish, for example, are entirely absent, as are the various aquatic bugs (water striders, backswimmers) that you find swimming on or under the water in most ponds. And while the book claims to cover some non-insect invertebrates, there's no mention whatsoever of pill bugs or even centipedes.

The organization could use some work, too; it's odd that all the families of Lepidoptera are sorted alphabetically, instead of at least divided first into butterflies vs. moths.

On the bright side, the photographs are excellent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mike Patterson on March 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Timber Press is usually pretty dependable when it comes to producing regional field guides and Peter and Judy Haggard's new insect guide certainly qualifies as a nice little regional field guide. When placed in a head-to-head against the Lone Pine analog _Bugs of Oregon and Washington_, it wins hands down (Lone Pine can be pretty hit-or-miss ranging from the indispensable _Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast_ and _Amphibians of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia_ to the down right useless _Birds of the Pacific Northwest Coast_).

Where _Bugs_ comes in at 160 pages with only one critter per page illustrated competently by Ian Sheldon, _Insects_ comes in at 295 pages with photographs of several species per page. The front 20% is beetles, easily the most comprehensive and useful section. It includes many of my favorites (_Calligrapha multipunctata_, _Ellychnia hatchi_) though Rain beetles (_Pleocoma_) and the snail-eating _Scaphinotus_ are curiously absent....

The Lepidoptera section is the largest section and includes plenty of caterpillars. The overly linear may find the sorted-by-size format that mixes the moths with the butterflies and discards taxonomic formalities a bit frustrating. There is, however, a key at the front that most non-entemologists will have no trouble using to navigate and since we non-entemologists have no expectations about what the order should be it's okay.

The most interesting section has photos of insect galls from wasps and gall midges. Dragonflies, true flies and most aquatic species (mayflies, stoneflies, etc) are woefully under represented and one gets the impression that the authors just left out species that were too hard to photograph or weren't particularly photogenic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on December 30, 2010
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Perhaps a good start, but by no means a comprehensive guide. It tends to put more emphasis on more popular insects, like butterflies, instead of the more common ones, like beetles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Hoyt on December 1, 2012
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I love this book and appreciate the authors for taking so many gorgeous photos of insects. I believe it would be nearly impossible to include all representative species of the Pacific Northwest in a single book, however I must admit I was very disappointed not to have a word about Mantids. I don't think the authors claim to be comprehensive anywhere, they simply covered the insects they are interested in. Good job, just wish the book was twice the size! Thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonne L. Holbrook on July 22, 2013
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I purchased this book as a reference text. I am a Master Gardener and people bring in all sorts of insect critters for ID. Full color photos and lots of pertinent info will make the task a lot easier. I recommend it if you want to learn more about our insect friends and want to improve your PNW garden habitat to increase beneficials and pollinators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PolySteel on May 29, 2014
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This product arrived right away and in perfect shape, the boys love this book. Keeping it with them on all our hikes and when camping. great catalog of every creepy crawler around. I love looking up new ones we find. A MUST HAVE for anyone going outside...
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By Arthur on January 2, 2015
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This is an alright field guide. It seems to mainly focus on butterflies and moths, and doesn't have enough beetles. Beetles are by far the most common insect, and yet the section on them is only the second largest. The section on flies seems a little small. Also the section on bees, wasps, and ants was small, although they had a lot of galls, which is very helpful. Even the sections on true bugs was a little small. What disappointed me the most was the section on Orthoptera; there were only 3 grasshopper species, 1 cockroach (doesn't even belong there...), 1 kadydid species (Mormon Cricket), and a Jerusalem cricket. No field crickets, tree crickets, grigs, or camel crickets just to mention a few. I guess I emphasize this section in particular because it is my favorite section, but still, the field guide is quite lacking in this area.
The organization is also a bit strange. Butterflies and moths are mixed together, as well as the bees, wasps, and ants.
The field guide overall is good. It gives good information on the species it does include. The kind of information it gives includes: Adult, Larva, Lenth, Wingspan, Food, Location, etc. The section on butterflies and moths (which are not found in butterfly field guides) is quite helpful and more exhaustive than anything else I have; also includes some pictures of catepillars and caccoons. This is prabably the section I'll be using the most.
If you are looking for a field guide for identifying insects, I would recommend "Kaufman's field guide to Insects of North America"Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America (Kaufman Field Guides).
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