National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides (Paperback))

by National Audubon Society

Hardcover, 1980

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Knopf (1980), Edition: 1, 992 pages


An extensive use of color photographs makes this a fine guide for identifying insects. Spiders, bugs, moths, butterflies, beetles, bees, flies, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and many other insects are detailed in more than 700 full-color photographs visually arranged by shape and color. Descriptive text includes measurements, diagnostic details, and information on habitat, range, feeding habits, sounds or songs, flight period, web construction, life cycle, behaviors, folklore, and environmental impact. An illustrated key to the insect orders and detailed drawings of the parts of insects, spiders, and butterflies supplement this extensive coverage.

User reviews

LibraryThing member jimmaclachlan
They've packed quite a few in here, but I found it somewhat lacking on specifics for some types of wood boring insects. Considering the number of insects, they did quite a good job, though. Definitely a good reference to start with.
LibraryThing member billsearth
Of the three insect guides I own, I believe this one is the best. It has what I want; lots of insects, a good layout with clear pictures keyed to the page the text is on, more text on the insect than either of my other popular field guides on insects, and a very durable binding.

A weakness is the dependence on a single photo of each bug. Many bugs show a lot of variation between male and female and i am not runnung across any photos of the two appearances in this guide. But overall, I still believe this is a very good insect guide.… (more)




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