Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs

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Princeton University Press, 2004 - Gardening - 656 pages
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Garden Insects of North America is the most comprehensive and user-friendly guide to the common insects and mites affecting yard and garden plants in North America. In a manner no previous book has come close to achieving, through full-color photos and concise, clear, scientifically accurate text, it describes the vast majority of species associated with shade trees and shrubs, turfgrass, flowers and ornamental plants, vegetables, and fruits--1,420 of them, including crickets, katydids, fruit flies, mealybugs, moths, maggots, borers, aphids, ants, bees, and many, many more. For particularly abundant bugs adept at damaging garden plants, management tips are also included. Covering all of the continental United States and Canada, this is the definitive one-volume resource for amateur gardeners, insect lovers, and professional entomologists alike.


To ease identification, the book is organized by plant area affected (e.g., foliage, flowers, stems) and within that, by taxa. Close to a third of the species are primarily leaf chewers, with about the same number of sap suckers. Multiple photos of various life stages and typical plant symptoms are included for key species. The text, on the facing page, provides basic information on host plants, characteristic damage caused to plants, distribution, life history, habits, and, where necessary, how to keep "pests" in check--in short, the essentials to better understanding, appreciating, and tolerating these creatures.


Whether managing, studying, or simply observing insects, identification is the first step--and this book is the key. With it in hand, the marvelous microcosm right outside the house finally comes fully into view.



  • Describes more than 1,400 species--twice as many as in any other field guide

  • Full-color photos for most species--more than five times the number in most comparable guides

  • Up-to-date pest management tips

  • Organized by plant area affected and by taxa for easy identification

  • Covers the continental United States and Canada

  • Provides species level treatment of all insects and mites important to gardens

  • Illustrates all life stages of key garden insects and commonly associated plant injuries

  • Concise, clear, scientifically accurate text

  • Comprehensive and user-friendly


 

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A Must For Any Serious Gardener

User Review  - phllgstr - Overstock.com

Excellent book to help identify insect related problems in your garden. Detailed info & great photos. Sections grouped in a very methodical manner.Easy to use & very helpful. ... Read full review

Garden insects of North America: the ultimate guide to backyard bugs

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Despite its title, this ambitious reference work by an entomologist at Colorado State University actually covers a wide variety of garden invertebrates-insects, snails, mites, spiders, and so forth ... Read full review

Contents

ORGANIZATION
1
CHAPTER
26
CHAPTER THREE
48
CHAPTER FOUR
204
CHAPTER FIVE
222
CHAPTER
284
CHAPTER SEVEN
408
CHAPTER EIGHT
434
CHAPTER NINE
460
CHAPTER
500
CHAPTER ELEVEN
544
APPENDIX OF HOST PLANT GENERA AND ASSOCIATED INSECTS AND MITES
577
GLOSSARY
629
COMMON NAMES
638
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About the author (2004)

Rodney Stark was for many years Professor of Sociology and of Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. In 2004 he became University Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University. He is the author of many books, among them "The Rise of Christianity" and "One True God" (both Princeton).

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