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Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species Paperback – March 15, 2010
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Crammed full of fascinating information. . . Highly recommended. --Choice Magazine
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The book is set up in easy-to-use sections such as Eggs & Egg Cases, Webs & Other Silk Constructions, Burrows & Mounds, Tracks & Trails and a lot more, including many signs found in aquatic habitats. For those fond of forensic police shows, this book will even help you solve the mystery of what killed the dead invertebrate you found.
Pupae, outside of those of common butterflies and moths, are often ignored in many guidebooks. Although they are part of insect life cycles rather than "signs," many pupae are pictured, including those of less-known insect groups.
The book is beautifully-illustrated with clear color photographs, and notes on the lives of the covered organisms are included.
This book should be a must for every field biologist, science teacher, extension agent, scout leader and camp counselor and should be on the shelf of every library. It is also a wonderful source of information and enjoyment for anyone with a love for nature and a sense of curiosity and wonder.
This book even includes a bit of the natural history of each of the creatures whose signs it identifies; and with color photos throughout! Just what you need to get you started toward learning more about these creatures. Take advantage of the "Look Inside!" option and view the table of contents, index and other sample pages for yourself. I was quickly able to indentify the coccoon of the polyphemus moth I found under one of my oaks some time ago...something I couldn't find much information on nor photos of in any of my other resources. Can't say enough about this wonderful reference. Added to a reasonably complete library of field guides or books on insects and other American invertebrates, this will give you that additional boost you've been looking for. It will quickly become one of your most-used and favorite references.
As a naturalist I use it to discover which insect mines that ragwort leaf along the trail. As an environmental educator, I use the photos to motivate children to look for the little signs all around us. As a trainer, I point to this book as a resource for staff.
Great book! Get one and give it a permanent home in your backpack.
The book is a joy to read, and an excellent field manual at the same time. I would recommend this for both the armchair enthusiasts, and for those going afield. There is a wealth of information that will fascinate anyone over the age of 10, and yet captivate the adults at the same time. And while not making the reader a trained entomologist, will certainly enrich the reader's pleasure in the outdoors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GREAT reference book...very in-depth and detailed. I'll be reading and using it for a long time.Published 28 days ago by MtWoman
This is the best book ever. I have wondered for far too long in ignorance what some insect sign I have found is and I no longer need to live that shame. It has so much information. Read morePublished 18 months ago by buffalobeal
It's a great book - tying together oft-neglected details of the lives of some of our smaller neighbors on earth. so buy this book.Published 19 months ago by Winifred L. Rogers
Who knew !? As one who has always been intrigued by nature, and who has an (I thought) full appreciation for, and a deep understanding of, our natural world ... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by J. K. Quackenbush
Excellent book for those who like to understand the detail of invertebrate sign. The first thorough book of its kind.Published on January 2, 2014 by Denise J. Friant
My first thought upon scanning this book was, "wow", I didn't know that! It's the kind of book most suited to those who like to look under rocks and forest debris for... Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Carol A. Houde
I bought this for my son-in-law and grandaughter who loves to explore outside. My grandaughter, who is only 3, spent hours looking at the pictures. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by S. Brewer