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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: 8.3 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,972 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.

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Since we were familiar with this book I bought it.
Linda H.
Our garden has a lot of these, and the book has helped us keep a step ahead of the bad ones.
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This is a very comprehensive, well photographed book.
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42 of 44 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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13 of 13 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By - on June 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Not a terrible book, but like the other reviews point out, it is sadly lacking anything other than butterflies. Beetles may be the exception, but even then it is still just ok. If I hadn't used a gift card to buy this I would probably return it as it is NOT worth the ~$20 they want for it... In short buy it second hand if you really want it... or buy a butterfly book... at least there will be a reason it omits all the other orders...
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By Alan Grupe on September 15, 2014
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I expect more from Timber Press. This book is not a field guide and is hardly comprehensive. For example, the index entries for yellow jacket and paper wasp both refer you to one paragraph on the "Family Vespidae". The only species discussed/pictured in this family is the White-faced Hornet. The book was not retained in my library. I much prefer and recommend the Kaufman Field Guide.
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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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I love insects and add to my bug book library all the time. I particularly like insects books that deal with insects in my location.
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Format: Paperback
This is an attractive book that boasts some fine photographs of the species that it covers, which are principally butterflies, and there is a good overview of insect orders, but I agree with some other reviewers that it's hardly comprehensive and of little real use as a field guide, which is how it bills itself on the cover. Still, it's worth a look to get a very introductory look at the insect world and a limited glance at the portion of that six-legged cosmos to be found in the Northwest.
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