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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects and Spiders (1980)

by National Audubon Society

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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. ( )
  billsearth | Mar 30, 2010 |
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. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Sep 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394507630, Imitation Leather)

There are about 100,000 kinds of insects in North America, so obviously they can't have a field guide in the same way the 650 species of birds do: something both portable and complete. The National Audubon Society has produced a remarkably useful compromise. This guide has photographs and descriptions of 550 insect species and 60 kinds of spiders. Most of the families of arthropods on the continent are covered, as are all of the most common species. It's a very useful resource for any North American naturalist, and the best choice for an adult who is not an expert entomologist. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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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.… (more)

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