Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Nature - 128 pages
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A simplified version of the full-sized field guides makes it easy and fun to get started in the field.   Peterson First Guides are the first books the beginning naturalist needs. Condensed versions of the famous Peterson Field Guides, the First Guides focus on the animals, plants, and other natural things you are most likely to see. They make it fun to get into the field and easy to progress to the full-fledged Peterson Guides.

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Review: Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America (Peterson First Guides)

User Review  - Laine Cunningham - Goodreads

I read a number of reference books when I'm writing certain novels. This is one that I looked at for info on butterflies. I was drawn into the info on dragonflies (a personal fav), mayflies, beetles and other insects like bees. A clear guide that helped me get a baseline on my research! Read full review

Review: Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America (Peterson First Guides)

User Review  - Dad - Goodreads

Although I don't use this as much as my other identification books for insects, this seems to have a lot of the bugs that are hard to identify. This has excellent illustrations. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Christopher Leahy writes natural history guides, focusing particularly on New England. He writes for both the experienced and novice naturalist. Most of his books are published in the well-known Peterson Field Guide series by Houghton Mifflin. His introductory works include Peterson First Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-Central North America and Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America. His advanced guides include The Birdwatcher's Companion: An Encyclopedic Handbook of North American Birdlife. His other titles include The Nature of Massachusetts.

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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