- Series: Princeton Field Guides
- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd prt. edition (March 28, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691095612
- ISBN-13: 978-0691095615
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 150 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs (Princeton Field Guides) 2nd prt. Edition
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Know thine enemy,' a time-worn caveat lifted from Sun-tzu's treatise, The Art of War, is sage advice for the organic gardener hoping to emerge victorious in the battle of the bugs. Acquiring such knowledge has just become easier with the release of Garden Insects of North America. . . . [Cranshaw] has packed his book with concise, organized information on all the common and not-so-common insect pests of turf, orchards and gardens in North America. The overwhelming emphasis is on recognizing and categorizing the insects themselves, using appearance, type of destructive damage encountered and target food hosts as clues. . . . With detailed, high-quality photographic plates conveniently adjacent to the standardized insect descriptions, identification of suspected insect enemies is straightforward.---Jack Aldridge, San Francisco Chronicle
An exceptionally well organized and complete text on garden insects. . . . Almost every insect is illustrated, with well over 1,000 full-color photographs showing them in various life cycle stages. Its very simple but complete explanations, diagrams and photographs make this the best reference I have read for diagnosing virtually all insect problems. It will make you the neighborhood entomologist.---Joel M. Lerner, The Washington Post
If you've ever wondered what's eating your garden besides yourself and the woodchuck, this is the book for you. I know that sometime this summer I will carry a bug of some sort into the house to identify it in this volume. And I know that I'll lose at least an hour looking at photographs of all the other bugs that might lie hidden in the herbage.---Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times Book Review
[Cranshaw is] an entomologist with perhaps a skewed affection for all kinds of bugs, but no one will argue with his desire to demystify insects and their world so that people understand better whether and how to react to a problem, and to enjoy this Lilliputian drama.---Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post
An impressive garden reference that doubles as a field guide. Wherever you live in North America, your insects are included her. . . . The more than 1,400 color pictures of insects and their damage are truly impressive and will be invaluable in helping readers track down the culprits of their plant injury. . . . This wonderful reference will certainly become a classic. . . . Whether you are a professional or a home gardening enthusiast, this is an indispensable reference.---Jeffrey Hahn, The American Gardener
Garden Insects is destined to become the new bible for horticulturalists and home gardeners alike. I've added it to the few books I keep close at hand while I am in the garden. Luckily, Garden Insects is also an exceptionally well-made paperback with water-resistant cover and 656 pages that fall open without cracking the spine and stay open without having to balance a rock on top. At $29.95, it's a bargain.---Patricia Jonas, Plants and Garden News
Insects are the most diverse and widely distributed life-forms on the planet. Gardens, and the diverse gardeners that tend them, are similarly widely distributed. Succinctly capturing this diversity, Cranshaw has constructed a lucid and well-illustrated text to allow gardeners to identify insects they encounter. . . . Breadth of synthesis, high quality, and effective formatting justify this work as a valuable addition to the popular literature. (Choice)
A must-have reference for any gardener. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Cranshaw has produced a wonderful guide whether the reader is interested in understanding, managing, or just observing theses insects. Identification is the very first step in the process of opening the door of appreciation, and this book is the key. (Biology Digest)
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"Garden Insects of North America is a tremendous contribution and is destined to be a staple on any gardener's bookshelf. Readers will find it overflowing with color pictures and informative yet easy-to- read descriptions. If this isn't the one book you must have, it comes pretty close!"--Casey Sclar, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Longwood Gardens
"Whitney Cranshaw's Garden Insects of North America is the most comprehensive book on insect and mite pests of vegetable, fruit, and ornamental plants now in print. Working from experience and the scientific literature, Dr. Cranshaw delivers information on a huge variety of pests in an entirely engaging manner."--James R. Baker, Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University
"Whitney Cranshaw is probably the only entomologist who could pull off such a large undertaking! His clear, concise writing style, his completeness, and his attention to proper illustration will put this book ahead of any other in the field."--David Shetlar, Ohio State University
"A quick diagnostic tool for identifying pest insects by host plant, Garden Insects of North America will appeal to a wide audience, including home gardeners, master gardeners, entomologists in diagnostic clinics, and students."--Jody Fetzer, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
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There are two problems in using the book. It is fairly large but the quality of paper makes it rather heavy, so the book cannot easily be taken out in the bean patch to identify who is nibbling there. Possibly a small wheel barrel would help. More seriously, finding your culprit takes some work. The easiest way would be to look for category of damage and then browse, using the chapters designated leaf eater, leaf miner and so on. Or, just skim through the pictures.
It might be easier to get a cheap guide and make a preliminary identification then go to this book and look for detail. Photos are on the right handed page, descriptions on the left. The descriptions are not particularly compelling reading, but then you're not doing this for fun. They are brief, and include very brief descriptions of damage the bug does. There is a shorter section on beneficial insects, that is worth a look, but 80% of the book, or more, is garden gobblers, and that is a lot in a 600 page book.
I first bought a copy for the Arthropod Museum library and then, after using the book for a few days, ordered my own copy. It is well written and authoritative (Whitney Cranshaw is a respected entomologist at Colorado State University) and very well illustrated. Color plates of stinkbugs, scale insects, aphids, beneficial insects etc. give the reader a fantastic overview of the variety of arthropods they can find around their own homes. The price is also very good ($20.00 for a thick book with hundreds of color photos is remarkable today!) and I simply cannot see how anyone interested in gardening or backyard bug watching would not want a copy.
Highly recommended for anyone with a reason to know anything about the numerous six and eight-legged creatures beyond their back door.
Anyways, between those critters, whiteflies, spider mites, etc...we felt we needed to learn more about the insects in out garden, and how to deal with the little problem children. This book is great for that. You simply identify the problem with your plant, such as chewed leaves for example, and look up the symptom. From there, you can easily identify the beasties responsible, and how best to go about protecting your garden from said critter.
I have scanned the book a bit, but my girlfriend has pretty much read it cover to cover at this point and swears by it. Given the health of our garden since investing in this book, i can't dispute its effectiveness.
It really is a great resource that is easy to read and easy to understand. In my opinion, this is one of those gardening must owns.