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The Songs of Insects Paperback – Bargain Price, April 30, 2007
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I used to work a lot on this group in the late 1990's, testing monitoring protocols primarily for the katydid groups. I grew to appreciate how one could identify almost all of the species just by their calls. Unfortunately, I couldn't get much interest to continue that work and so instead now work on native bee monitoring techniques...something that people have more awareness of.
I think this book should move crickets, katydids, and cicadas into the same realm butterflies and dragonflies now inhabit for many naturalists. Now non-professionals will have great access to information and calls of these insects though this book and the associated CD. Furthermore this is complemented by accessing the information on Tom Walker's web site in Gainesville, FL for all the species in North America, complete with their songs and calls. Consequently, it would be great to see people organize the collection of distribution and abundance information of these species within North America similar to efforts for dragonflies and butterflies.
The pictures are the best I have seen and the recordings are of the highest quality....this is a book that will greatly change how any of you listen and look at these critters. ... .I can't say enough.
understand and enjoy. Photography is amazing.
CD sound track also amazing, some of them I had never heard their
Very good educational tool and enjoyable for children and adults.
Whenever I hear insect sounds at dusk and in the evening, I always wonder what kind of insect is making the sounds. That's something I've wondered since I was a small boy. Until now, I had few clues except for the occasional cricket I had observed while singing. But regardless of where I am, those sounds help me relax and become more peaceful.
With The Songs of Insects, I've added exponentially to my ability to relax, identify insects, and explore new dimensions of the insect songs. I was very impressed with the combination of CD and book. I started by listening to the CD because I was so interested in hearing new songs and knowing which insect made which song. I noted down the familiar sounds of my neighborhood in the woods and was astounded to see that we have katydids in our area. Checking the maps in the books, I was pleased to see confirmation that it was reasonable to expect those katydids in our area.
Next, I dived into reading about the katydids, crickets, and cicadas that I had heard before. But it was hard to take my eyes off the stunning photographs of those insects, displayed both against a white and a natural background.
After that, I went back and read the whole book and found myself intrigued by the opportunity to keep crickets as pets to bring the singing indoors.Read more ›
The audio CD is great too! The only drawback there is that the holding compartment in the back of the book is poor. Right after I got this book I was taking it to school and the brand new CD fell out of the pouch and onto the pavement. Now its scratched and I don't know what to do. I usually make a backup of all my CDs right away but failed to do so with this one!
This book came to my attention when I wrote in my blog about the microphone I positioned in my backyard. I use it to listen to crickets and lots of other creatures out back, sometimes all night long.
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Nice to hear from those that will be the survivors after the Holocaust!Published 2 months ago by Urick Estep
Wow! I never realized until I got this book how many different species of crickets, cicadas and katydids there are - and each with their own songs. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Glenn
A labor of love that I am grateful to enjoy. It's been effective as an entry point into identifying some of the night time sounds.Published 16 months ago by a customer
I've learned so much about the night sounds in my little suburban neighborhood from this book and CD. I live in Kentucky, and I also sent one to my son in Seattle. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anna Lee Adams
The book appears excellent, but the CD of sounds was not included in the purchase. so I am unable to comment on the entire package..Published 23 months ago by John Kalafarski
The book and accompanying CD cover most of the sounds you'll hear in North America not produced by amphibians and birds. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Marco Buendia
This is an excellent book with great pictures and descriptions of many insects. Unfortunately the CD was sealed so tightly that
I scratched it trying to get it out. Read more
Wonderful! This is a long-needed publication on a neglected subject. Clean the wax out of your ears and prepare for the high-pitched wonders you've been hearing every summer of... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Charles P Fletcher