From Around the World
Paperback ISBN: 1770857125
This handsome, well-illustrated guide features 514 butterflies from all continents, most of them photographed in their natural environment, sometimes with their caterpillars. Sales of 15,000 copies in hardcover is proof of its value. The butterflies are organized by genus, species and subspecies, and described in authoritative text including personal observations in the wild. Each entry is cross-referenced to the index and glossary. The description of each butterfly includes detailed information on: - Natural history - Habitat and distribution - Form - Behavior - Food and feeding - Species variations and taxonomy - Reproduction - Survival. This beautiful book is a joy for the pictures alone, and it is also very informative and reveals the author's passion for this subject. This is a concise and attractive introduction to these fascinating insects and a useful resource for butterfly enthusiasts and naturalists of all ages.
A Visual Reference
Hardcover ISBN: 1554073456
Single-page entries describe and illustrate five hundred of the world's reported one million recognized insect varieties.
Hardcover ISBN: 0691176582
A richly illustrated and up-close look at the secret lives of spiders and other arachnids The American Southwest is home to an extraordinary diversity of arachnids, from spitting spiders that squirt silk over their prey to scorpions that court one another with kissing and dancing. Amazing Arachnids presents these enigmatic creatures as you have never seen them before. Featuring a wealth of color photos of more than 300 different kinds of arachnids from eleven taxonomic orders--both rare and common species—this stunningly illustrated book reveals the secret lives of arachnids in breathtaking detail, including never-before-seen images of their underground behavior. Amazing Arachnids covers all aspects of arachnid biology, such as anatomy, sociality, mimicry, camouflage, and venoms. You will meet bolas spiders that lure their victims with fake moth pheromones, fishing spiders that woo their mates with silk-wrapped gifts, chivalrous cellar spiders, tiny mites, and massive tarantulas, as well as many others. Along the way, you will learn why arachnids are living fossils in some respects and nimble opportunists in others, and how natural selection has perfected their sensory structures, defense mechanisms, reproductive strategies, and hunting methods. - Covers more than 300 different kinds of arachnids, including ones new to science - Features more than 750 stunning color photos - Describes every aspect of arachnid biology, from physiology to biogeography - Illustrates courtship and mating, birth, maternal care, hunting, and defense - Includes first-ever photos of the underground lives of schizomids and vinegaroons - Provides the first organized guide to macroscopic mites, including photos of living mites for easy reference
The Art of Migration
Birds, Insects, and the Changing Seasons in Chicagoland
Hardcover ISBN: 022604629x
Tiny ruby-throated hummingbirds weighing less than a nickel fly from the upper Midwest to Costa Rica every fall, crossing the six-hundred-mile Gulf of Mexico without a single stop. One of the many creatures that commute on the Mississippi Flyway as part of an annual migration, they pass along Chicago’s lakefront and through midwestern backyards on a path used by their species for millennia. This magnificent migrational dance takes place every year in Chicagoland, yet it is often missed by the region’s two-legged residents. The Art of Migration uncovers these extraordinary patterns that play out over the seasons. Readers are introduced to over two hundred of the birds and insects that traverse regions from the edge of Lake Superior to Lake Michigan and to the rivers that flow into the Mississippi. As the only artist in residence at the Field Museum, Peggy Macnamara has a unique vantage point for studying these patterns and capturing their distinctive traits. Her magnificent watercolor illustrations capture flocks, movement, and species-specific details. The illustrations are accompanied by text from museum staff and include details such as natural histories, notable features for identification, behavior, and how species have adapted to environmental changes. The book follows a gentle seasonal sequence and includes chapters on studying migration, artist’s notes on illustrating wildlife, and tips on the best ways to watch for birds and insects in the Chicago area. A perfect balance of science and art, The Art of Migration will prompt us to marvel anew at the remarkable spectacle going on around us.
The Backyard Beekeeper
An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden
4th Edition Paperback ISBN: 1631593323
Over 150,000 copies sold! The Backyard Beekeeper, now in its 4th edition, makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters, and cooks everywhere! This revised and updated edition offers even more information on bee problems and treatments, measuring techniques, swarm control, harvesting, and using top bar hives. More than a guide to beekeeping, it is a handbook for harvesting the products of a beehive and collecting and using honey -- all in one lively, beautifully illustrated reference. This how-to guide offers advice for setting up, caring for, and harvesting honey from your own colonies. You'll learn the best location to place your new bee colonies for their safety and yours, and you'll study the most practical and nontoxic ways to care for your bees. They’ll be healthy, happy, and productive with the support and guidance of this complete bee resource.
101 Flashcards for Discovering Insects
Cards ISBN: 1493025848
Identifying bugs has never been more fun! Author and illustrator Todd Telander unlocks the mysteries found in your yard with Backyard Bugs: 101 Flashcards for Discovering Insects. Featuring 101 of the most common bugs of North America, each card comes complete with a detailed illustration, up-to-date species information for easy identification, and “Curiosities,” which are either interesting facts or something interactive you can try.
An Identification Guide to Common Insects, Spiders, and More
Paperback ISBN: 1591936853
How many times have you seen a bug and wondered, ?What in the world is that?
Backyard Guide to Insects and Spiders of North America
Paperback ISBN: 142621782x
An accessible visual guide to the top 150 insects and spiders, this guide combines readable text, representative photographs, and explanatory illustrations to highlight key features of body shape, life cycle, and behavior. Organized by scientific taxonomy, the book offers navigational devices for quick identification and practical information about attracting—or repelling!—these creatures. Noted entomologist Arthur Evans has selected the top 150 creatures of interest, from luna moth and ladybug to black widow spider, Rocky Mountain tick, and millipede. Backyard Guide to the Insects and Spiders of North America introduces them all with enthusiasm and authority. With the handy size, logical organization, and visual richness, this volume will prove a valued title in the backpack or home library of every nature lover and outdoor enthusiast.
The Bee Book
Hardcover ISBN: 1465443835
The Bee Book shows you step-by-step how to create a bee-friendly garden, get started in beekeeping, and harness the power of honey for well-being. Fully illustrated with full-color photographs throughout, this beautiful guide covers everything you need to know to start your own backyard hive, from setup to harvest. Practical beekeeping techniques are explained with clear step-by-step sequences, photos, and diagrams so you'll be prepared to establish your own colony, deal with diseases, collect a swarm, and much more. A comprehensive gardening chapter features planting plans to fill container and border gardens, bee "hotel" and habitat projects, and an at-a-glance flower gallery of bees' favorite plants.The Bee Book also shows you how to harvest honey, beeswax, and propolis from the hive and use these ingredients in 38 recipes for home remedies, beauty treatments, and candle-making. Discover the wonder of bees in nature, in your garden, and in the hive with The Bee Book, lavishly bound in beautiful gold-embossed cloth and perfect for gift-giving.