Thursday, January 12, 2012

Eastern "Bug" Books

1) Paulson, Dennis. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East. 2011. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 538 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S.

SUMMARY: This is the first fully illustrated guide to all 336 dragonfly and damselfly species of eastern North America--from the rivers of Manitoba to the Florida cypress swamps--and the companion volume to Dennis Paulson's acclaimed field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of the West. Dragonflies and Damselflies of the East features hundreds of color photos that depict all the species found in the region, detailed line drawings to aid in-hand identification, and a color distribution map for every species--and the book's compact size and user-friendly design make it the only guide you need in the field. Species accounts describe key identification features, distribution, flight season, similar species, habitat, and natural history. Paulson's authoritative introduction offers a primer on dragonfly biology and identification, and also includes tips on how to study and photograph these stunningly beautiful insects. This book features:

*Illustrates all 336 eastern species
*Features hundreds of full-color photos
*Includes detailed species accounts, line drawings to aid identification, and a color distribution map for every species
*Offers helpful tips for the dragonfly enthusiast

RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with an interest in the Odonata of Eastern North America!

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2) Wagner, David L. et al.. Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America. 2011. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 576 pages. Price: $35.00 U.S.
SUMMARY: This lavishly illustrated field guide features more than 800 species of the most common, interesting, beautiful, and important owlet (noctuid) caterpillars found in eastern North America. More than 2,100 color photographs include numerous stunning images, and the guide's introductory sections offer a wealth of information on noctuid natural history, morphology, larval diets, natural enemies, and classification; suggestions for finding and rearing owlet caterpillars; and much more. The 375 full-page species accounts treat similar species, range, phenology, and larval foodplants. A remarks section addresses behavior, life history, taxonomy, and a variety of other general interest topics. For full species accounts, two adult images are provided, one of a spread museum specimen and the other of a live adult: this is the first guide to comprehensively provide images of live adult moths in representative resting postures. An extensive glossary and foodplant index are also included. This book features:

*More than 800 species of eastern owlets
*More than 2,100 color photographs illustrating many species for the first time
*First North American insect guide to offer hundreds of images of live moths in their natural resting postures
*Extensive information on owlet biology, natural enemies, classification, and finding and rearing owlet caterpillars
*Includes foodplant records for each species and foodplant index

RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with an interest in Eastern North American moths!

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