An Illustrated Guide to the World's Most Beautiful Butterflies, Featuring All the Families, Subfamilies, Tribes and Major Genera
Hardcover ISBN: 1921517565
This wonderfully illustrated book is essentially a photographic guide to the butterflies of the world. It will cover 1,000 species from every corner of the globe, encompassing all key families and species, including the likes of monarchs, birdwings, swordtails, morphos, glasswings, and so on. Species will be arranged by family with six to eight to a spread (and some flagship species will receive a full page), and each stunning image, taken of wild butterflies in their natural surroundings, is accompanied by useful text on ID, interesting features and geographical distribution. 1,000 Butterflies is the perfect accompaniment to the author’s first title on Butterflies of the World. Put simply this will be the best book of its kind on the market anywhere in the world. It will be an essential reference for butterfly enthusiasts everywhere, from amateurs right through to academics.
50 Ways to Save the Honey Bees and Change the World
Paperback ISBN: 160433648x
Help save the bees – and the world – with these simple and considerate ways! For decades, bees and bee colonies have been disappearing around the world, worrying beekeepers, ecologists and farmers. But it’s easy help save and revitalize your local bees, as well as the local ecosystem, with these 50 ways. Simple contributions can start with sharing a link on social media or buying local, organic foods, while more intense steps can include gardening, building habitats and beekeeping! If you’ve ever wondered what you can do to help, here is the best place to start!
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
Armored Scale Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs Hemiptera
Hardcover ISBN: 0801442796
This book provides the most comprehensive available information on the identification, field appearance, life history, and economic importance of the 110 economically important armored scale insects that are found in the United States. The authors have devised the first field key to economic armored scales, which will be invaluable to those trying to identify the pests and prevent the introduction of new exotics. (Most of the species covered are not native to the United States but broadly distributed across the globe.) The extensive color plates and highly detailed line drawings surpass anything available in other volumes on armored scale insects and have not previously been published. Especially noteworthy are the data on distribution, host plants, and the kinds of damage caused by armored scales. The species descriptions include scientific names, synonyms, common names, field characteristics, microscopic characters, affinities, host plants, distribution by state, life history, economic damage, and selected references.
Art and Architecture of Insects
Paperback ISBN: 161168532x
Clad in spiked and scaled armor, lance-like pincers at the ready, alien creatures are in our gardens, our floorboards, and our bedsheets. David M. Phillips has taken his life-long love of insect biology and microscopy and produced a mesmerizing look into the hidden world of the insect form. The 150 photographs in this book, all taken using an electron microscope, reveal an amazing variety of anatomical structures normally invisible to the human eye: a wax surface that prevents evaporation, antennae that sense molecules that are undetectable by other animals, and feet that allow insects to walk upside down on almost any surface. Organized with the nonscientific reader in mind, Art and Architecture of Insects explores the intricate structures of some of our planet
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
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.
The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook
A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking With Natural Honeys
Paperback ISBN: 1592534740
A truly lush, radiant enthusiast’s guide, The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook goes beyond the scope of a cookbook to introduce to readers the literal cornucopia of honey varieties available. An intuitive follow-up to The Backyard Beekeeper, this book will presume beekeeping experience but reintroduce the basics. It is an insight into the practical, back-to-the-earth beekeeping lifestyle and well as the artisan cultivation of honey varieties. Supplementary support for this book lay in the fact that interest in tapping honey’s holistic and whole-health potential dovetails nicely into the natural health and green movements. Also, honey as natural, lower-calorie sweetener has garnered positive PR by those working against the obesity epidemic.
101 Flashcards for Discovering Insects
CRD 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.