Field Guide to Beetles of California

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University of California Press, 2006 - History - 334 pages
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With perhaps 8,000 different species, beetles are easily the largest group of animals in California and can be found virtually everywhere in the state. They grapple over flower heads, lurk in pantries, paddle through pristine mountain streams, amble over dunes, and buzz about porch lights on warm evenings. But until now, there was no single resource for identifying the most commonly encountered beetles in California's mountains, valleys, and deserts. This valuable field guide, a companion volume to Introduction to California Beetles published in 2004, identifies more than 500 of the state's more conspicuous and colorful species, with the majority presented in stunning color photographs. Written and designed for amateur naturalists, students, and field biologists, it is chock-full of what every beetle watcher wants to know, including suggestions for finding beetles, starting a beetle collection, and keeping beetles in captivity. The informative, accessibly written species accounts include information on beetle identification, natural history, and distribution.

Features 300 color photographs, 110 drawings, and 2 maps
Covers 569 species in 56 families
Lists California's sensitive, threatened, and endangered species
Provides resources and web sites for further study of California beetles With perhaps 8,000 different species, beetles are easily the largest group of animals in California and can be found virtually everywhere in the state. They grapple over flower heads, lurk in pantries, paddle through pristine mountain streams, amble over dunes, and buzz about porch lights on warm evenings. But until now, there was no single resource for identifying the most commonly encountered beetles in California's mountains, valleys, and deserts. This valuable field guide, a companion volume to Introduction to California Beetles published in 2004, identifies more than 500 of the state's more conspicuous and colorful species, with the majority presented in stunning color photographs. Written and designed for amateur naturalists, students, and field biologists, it is chock-full of what every beetle watcher wants to know, including suggestions for finding beetles, starting a beetle collection, and keeping beetles in captivity. The informative, accessibly written species accounts include information on beetle identification, natural history, and distribution.

Features 300 color photographs, 110 drawings, and 2 maps
Covers 569 species in 56 families
Lists California's sensitive, threatened, and endangered species
Provides resources and web sites for further study of California beetles
  

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Contents

Getting to Know California Beetles
3
Activities with Beetles
18
How to Use This Book
25
FAMILY ACCOUNTS
49
Rain Beetles Pleocomidae
96
Softbodied Plant Beetles Dascillidae
119
Riffle Beetles Elmidae
134
Netwinged Beetles Lycidae
151
Softwinged Flower Beetles Melyridae
182
Handsome Fungus Beetles Endomychidae
196
False Blister Beetles Oedemeridae
221
Longhorn Beetles Cerambycidae
234
Leaf Beetles and Seed Beetles Chrysomelidae
254
Checklist of North American Beetle Families
279
Selected General References
295
Copyright

Bostrichid Beetles Bostrichidae
166

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About the author (2006)

Arthur V. Evans is Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History, at the Smithsonian Institution, and in the Department of Recent Invertebrates at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He is coauthor, with Charles L. Bellamy, of An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles (UC Press, 2000). James N. Hogue is Manager of Biological Collections in the Department of Biology at California State University, Northridge, and Research Associate at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Together, Arthur and James wrote Introduction to California Beetles (UC Press, 2004).

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