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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.

1. Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs – Second Edition (2017)

 Best Insect Books You Must ReadThis second edition of Garden Insects of North America solidifies its place as the most comprehensive guide to the common insects, mites, and other “bugs” found in the backyards and gardens of the United States and Canada. Featuring 3,300 full-color photos and concise, detailed text, this fully revised book covers the hundreds of species of insects and mites associated with fruits and vegetables, shade trees and shrubs, flowers and ornamental plants, and turfgrass―from aphids and bumble bees to leafhoppers and mealybugs to woollybears and yellowjacket…
Author(s): Whitney Cranshaw, David Shetlar

2. 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. Hanson and Kenji Nishida put the focus on readily observable insects that one encounters while strolling through a tropical forest in the Americas. It is a general belief that insects in the tropics are larger and more colorful than…
Author(s): Paul E. Hanson, Kenji Nishida

3. 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

4. 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. The book features most of the commonly encountered insects, spiders, scorpions,…
Author(s): Merrill A. Peterson

5. 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. Identification is made to the family level, sometimes to the genus or species. It’s an invaluable guide for wildlife professionals, naturalists, students, and insect specialists.Beetles, spiders, ants, flies, butterflies, mayflies, dragonflies, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, snails, earthworms, lacewings, wasps,…
Author(s): Noah Charney, Charley Eiseman

6. 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. A helpful glossary explains the technical terms of insect anatomy….
Author(s): Donald J. Borror, Richard E. White

7. 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

8. 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. The sections are structured around a series of key topics, including behavioral ecology; species interactions; population ecology; food webs, communities and ecosystems; and broad patterns in nature. Chapters progress logically from the small scale to the large;…
Author(s): Peter W. Price , Robert F. Denno, et al.

9. 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. With extraordinary collage illustrations and witty text, the creator of the bestselling Peek-a series, Nina Laden, brings to life a funny and inspirational story that will encourage readers of any age to build their dreams….
Author(s): Nina Laden

10. 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. Working in Provence, in barren, sun-scorched fields inhabited by countless wasps and bees, he observed their intricate and fascinating world, recounting their activities in simple, beautifully written essays.This volume, based on translations of Fabre’s Souvenirs Entomologiques, blends folklore and mythology with factual explanation. Fabre’s absorbing account of the scarab beetle’s existence, for example, begins with the ancient…
Author(s): Jean Henri Fabre

11. 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. More than 2,000 close-up color photographs by leading nature photographers reveal the field marks that distinguish each creature, and the clear and concise text that accompanies each image describes the range, habitat, life cycle, and behavior. Budding entomologists will be inspired to explore further with the detailed information on starting a…
Author(s): Arthur V. Evans, Craig Tufts

12. 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. It’s an indispensable handbook for beginners and enthusiasts alike. Smithsonian Handbooks are…
Author(s): George C. McGavin

13. 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 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.

Sterile Insect Technique: Principles and Practice in Area-Wide Integrated Pest Management

Author(s): V. A. Dyck, J. Hendrichs, A. S. Robinson
ID: 2859389, Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2021, Size: 36 Mb, Format: pdf

How Insects Works

Author(s): Marianne Taylor
ID: 2527009, Publisher: The Experiment, Year: 2020, Size: 62 Mb, Format: epub

Insect Metamorphosis: From Natural History to Regulation of Development and Evolution

Author(s): Xavier Belles
ID: 2527865, Publisher: Academic Pr, Year: 2020, Size: 21 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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