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Best Insect Books You Must Read

Our list of some of the best Insect books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

Insects and Other Arthropods of Tropical America (Zona Tropical Publications) (2016)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadVisitors to tropical forests generally come to see the birds, mammals, and plants. Aside from butterflies, however, insects usually do not make it on the list of things to see. This is a shame. Insects are everywhere, they are often as beautiful as the showiest of birds, and they have a fascinating natural history. With their beautifully illustrated guide to insects and other arthropods, Paul E.
Author(s): Paul E. Hanson, Kenji Nishida

Insects of New England & New York (Naturalist Series) (2012)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadThis go-to guide will help you identify the most interesting six-legged critters native to the Northeast. Tom Murray shares natural history nuggets and identification tips on over 1,000 species of insects! The book includes hundreds of color photos.
Author(s): Tom Murray

Pacific Northwest Insects (2018)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadThis field guide sets a new standard for insect identification, making it an indispensable resource to naturalists, educators, gardeners, and others. Engaging and accessible, Pacific Northwest Insects features detailed species accounts, each with a vivid photograph of a living adult, along with information for distinguishing similar species, allowing the reader to identify more than 3,000 species found from southern British Columbia to northern California, and as far east as Montana.
Author(s): Merrill A. Peterson

Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species (2010)

 Best Insect Books You Must Read2012 Choice Magazine academic book award winner (zoology) The first-ever reference to the sign left by insects and other North American invertebrates includes descriptions and almost 1,000 color photos of tracks, egg cases, nests, feeding signs, galls, webs, burrows, and signs of predation.
Author(s): Noah Charney, Charley Eiseman

A Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico (Peterson Field Guides) (1998)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadDetailed descriptions of insect orders, families, and many individual species are illustrated with 1,300 drawings and 142 superb color paintings. Illustrations – which use the unique Peterson Identification System to distinguish one insect from another – include size lines to show the actual length of each insect.
Author(s): Donald J. Borror, Richard E. White

The Insect Folk (2015)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadCome, children; come with me. Come to a pond I know of. See how the water shines in the sun. Over there is an old log lying on the edge of the pond. It is covered with green moss, and a green frog is sitting on one end of it. Let us go and sit on the other end. Goop! he says, and—plump! he has jumped into the water. That is too bad, frog; we did not mean to disturb you. How pretty it is here!
Author(s): Margaret Warner Morley

Insect Ecology: Behavior, Populations and Communities (2011)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadCombining breadth of coverage with detail, this logical and cohesive introduction to insect ecology couples concepts with a broad range of examples and practical applications. It explores cutting-edge topics in the field, drawing on and highlighting the links between theory and the latest empirical studies.
Author(s): Peter W. Price , Robert F. Denno, et al.

Roberto: The Insect Architect (2016)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadEver since he was a wee mite (a termite, that is), Roberto has wanted to be an architect. Discouraged by his woodeating family and friends, he decides to follow his dream to the big, bug city. There he meets a slew of not-so-creepy, crawly characters who spark in him the courage to build a community for them all.
Author(s): Nina Laden

Fabre’s Book of Insects (1998)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadHailed by Darwin as “The Homer of Insects,” famed French entomologist Jean Henri Fabre (1823–1915) devoted hours of rapt attention to insects while they hunted, built nests, and fed their families.
Author(s): Jean Henri Fabre

National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Insects and Spiders & Related Species of North America (2007)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadNational Wildlife Federation’s new all-photographic field guide to North American insects, spiders, and related species, is the most up-to-date of its kind, and lets both amateur and expert naturalists identify more than 940 species quickly and accurately.
Author(s): Arthur V. Evans, Craig Tufts

Smithsonian Handbooks: Insects (Smithsonian Handbooks) (DK Smithsonian Handbook) (2002)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadWritten by noted entomologist George C. McGavin, this comprehensive handbook covers all 29 orders of insect as well as spiders and terrestrial arthropods. It’s packed with hundreds of annotated photographs and illustrations to help you discern the many types of insects and gives you a brief description of each insect family with main characteristics, including life cycles, the environment in which they thrive, and a photographic guide to assist you in categorizing the insect group.
Author(s): George C. McGavin

Insect Detective: Read and Wonder (2012)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadRight now, all around us, thousands of insects are doing strange and wonderful things: wasps are building nests, ants are collecting food, and dragonflies are readying for the hunt. But it’s not always easy to catch sight of these six-legged creatures; you have to know where to look. Guided by this book, readers will happily become insect detectives and find out just what those bugs are up to.Back matter includes an index.
Author(s): Steve Voake, Charlotte Voake

Best Insect Books You Must Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some insect books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Insect Predators in Pest Management

Author(s): Omkar (editor)
ID: 3695007, Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2023, Size: 20 Mb, Format: pdf

Insect Chronobiology

Author(s): Hideharu Numata, Kenji Tomioka
ID: 3706003, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2023, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf

Insects of North America

Author(s): John C. Abbott, Kendra K. Abbott
ID: 3718490, Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2023, Size: 92 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely hot items according to USA Today, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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