National Audubon Society Field Guide To Insects And Spiders: North America
ISBN: 0394507630
EAN13: 9780394507637
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 12, 1980
Pages: 992
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 7.3" L x 4" W
Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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The most comprehensive field guide available to the insects and spiders of North America--a must-have for any enthusiast's day pack or home library--from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers.

Featuring a durable vinyl binding and over 700 full-color identification photographs organized visually by color and shape, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders is the perfect companion for any outdoor excursion. 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.

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   I love this series of guides and have a number of ...
At first, it seemed great to cover a large number of types of bugs- flies, fleas, ticks, spiders, butterflies, moths, beetles, grasshoppers, mayflies and more. However, due to the large number of species, there may not be a lot of species identified per type of dip. Instead of two separate books, one devoted to each species, it would have been better to have a single book on a broad topic. Full color pictures arranged nicely in front and detailed information about habitat, range, life cycle and more are included.
   Very useful book in the field or at home
This has been extremely helpful for identifying the insects. This has in almost every instance resulted in finding the desired identity.. It looks like it can be put in my camera bag and have it survive a lot of handling. I was fortunate to encounter a brood of Periodical Cicadas butterflies this past summer, said Dr. Paul Vassallo, director of the University of Illinois' Center for Integrative Biology. The book clearly shows them and explains the 13 - 17 year appearance of the plane. The book did not mention Red Eyed Cicada, the infamous Italian street gang name. It's just that common name, perhaps.
   Could be better.
There are tons of pictures, and tons of stuff in there, too. But for the most part, I have a hard time finding them. I wish they had the male and female pics of each bug, as well as any other variations. The kids get so excited when they find a bug, but its disappointing when we try to look it up. We end up googling it and trying to figure out what they are talking about. It would be great if the pictures had said if it was poisonous or if it would bite, rather than having to read in the back. Even then, when you read about the bug, it doesn't say whether it's fixed or not. The Pentagon statement says: "This document should say either way."
   great insect book
Professional exterminator and car salesman, Mr. Trapdoor said: "This is the best carry in the vehicle book I have found as a reference." Pictures and descriptions of a large variety of indoor and outdoor pests.
   On par with all the Audobon Guides
This book is very informative, and I really recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to fly. Only caveat is that I'd like to see them have several volumes to cover ALL insects in North America, as there is too many to cover in just this one guide. They have separate guides for butterflies and hummingbirds.
   Got a creepy thing? Find it's name
This is a great book the photos are excellent for identifying those little creepy crawlers you encounter both inside and outside your house, it even tells you what they eat in case you want to make pets out of them! It's just that they call it quits."
   Good book for looking up BUGS!!
We have several field guides available, including this one. The series of books tells the story of a group of friends who fell in love with trees. Tracks, animal tracks, etc. This book helped us to learn about the insects, caterpillars, and other fascinating things about the world of butterflies. We were seeing in our environment what we were observing in our environment. Full color photos are also available at no cost today through Amazon. com. We're big fans of Stephen King's books, and we're glad we bought it.
   Great reference guide
I love the field guides, too. They are compact, full of information, contain high quality photos of each entry to make identification and contain every insect I have ever needed to look up. If so, these may be the best field guides out there.
   Out of Date
Lately, I have started taking photos of any insects I see outside and try to identify them inside with this book. However, because of the way the census is conducted, half the time species are not included. After a bit of research, I find that the species I find and about are more recent inhabitants of North America. If you want an inclusive field guide, I'd recommend another brand until Audubon updates this one.
   Great book for Bug ID and learning
My daughter and I used this book for years to collect and identify insects. It was a total loss, and we had to replace it.