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Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North Americaby Stephen A. Marshall
Synopses & Reviews
Meticulously researched and illustrated with color photographs, Insects is a landmark reference book that is ideal for any naturalist or entomologist. To enhance exact identification of insects, the photographs in this encyclopedic reference were taken in the field and are not pinned specimens.
Insects enables readers to quickly and accurately identify most insects. The more than 50 pages of picture keys (containing hundreds of illustrations) lead to the appropriate chapter and specific photos to confirm identification. The keys are surprisingly comprehensive and easy for non-specialists to use.
Almost 80 percent of all named animal species are insects and closely related arthropods. With millions of insect species still waiting to be discovered, humans are clearly a two-legged minority in an overwhelmingly six-legged world. This book is required reading for anyone interested in entomology.
Book News Annotation:
In this comprehensive view of a bug's life, Marshall (entomology, U. of Guelph) introduces students to the study of entomology. He describes the biology of each insect group and discusses common or especially interesting genera and species. The text covers all insect orders and the insect families of eastern North America and briefly examines common families of related terrestrial arthropods. Marshall offers expert guidance on observing, collecting and photographing insects and includes 4000 color photographs illustrating typical behaviors and key characteristics. Marshall's enthusiasm and the detailed photographs do justice to the diverse and fascinating world of insects. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A comprehensive reference on insects featuring an easy identification guide using 28 picture keys, 4000 color photographs taken in the field, expert advice on observing insects and more. Details all insect orders and families of eastern North America.
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