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Released in tandem with the wildflower guide, this reference describes and shows photos of more than 450 species. ... If you have a budding entomologist in the family, this easy-to-use guide is a natural. -- Kym Pokorny "Oregonian" (04/13/2006)

A comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the most common insects in northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. ... The book makes fascinating reading for gardeners as well as hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. -- Amy Stewart "North Coast Journal" (04/13/2006)

This solid guide exhibits the sort of thoughtful touches that characterize the other books on Timber Press's list. -- Barbara McMichael "Sequim Gazette" (04/30/2006)

It's a handy little paperback you can carry right into the garden to compare photos with the real thing crawling on your hydrangea ... or lilly ... or ... -- Valerie Easton "Seattle Times" (06/03/2006)

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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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Product Details

  • Series: A Timber Press Field Guide
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881926892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881926897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Adam Schneider on July 29, 2006
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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