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Recent and Forthcoming Books on Butterflies, Moths, Dragonflies and Other Insects

Michael M. Collins. Moth Catcher: An Evolutionist's Journey Through Canyon and Pass. University of Nevada Press.Michael M. Collins. Moth Catcher: An Evolutionist's Journey Through Canyon and Pass. 176 pages. University of Nevada Press, September 2007. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Richard Bailowitz & Hank Brodkin. Finding Butterflies in Arizona. Johnson Books.Richard Bailowitz & Hank Brodkin. Finding Butterflies in Arizona. 233 pages. Johnson Books, August 2007. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Jeffrey Glassberg. A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico & Central America. Illustrates nearly all butterflies and skippers known to occur in Mexico and more than two-thirds of the species that occur in Costa Rica. 3,250 color photos. 272 pages. Sunstreak Books. April 2007. ISBN: 1424309158. Details.
Blair Nikula, Jennifer L. Loose & Matthew R. Burne. A Field Guide to the Dragonflies & Damselflies of Massachusetts. (2d ed., May 2007). The text has been updated, there are 14 new photos, and the photo reproduction has been greatly improved. The first edition had a fundamental usability flaw -- the species name on each page was printed in unreadable black text on a dark blue background. The second edition is much better, with white text on the dark blue background, but still not particularly easy to read. Maybe a third edition will finally solve the problem with dark text on a light background. Details.
Arthur Shapiro & Timothy D. Manolis. Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay & Sacramento Valley Regions. University of California Press.Arthur M. Shapiro & Tim Manolis. Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions. 392 pages. University of California Press, June 2007. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Arthur V. Evans & James N. Hogue. Field Guide to Beetles of California. 362 pages. University of California Press 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Giff Beaton. Dragonflies & Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast. University of Georgia Press.Giff Beaton. Dragonflies & Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast. Details. 355 pages. This is the best dragonfly field guide I have seen. It includes multiple color photos of most species and detailed identification notes. The plates and text are large and easy to use. University of Georgia Press 2007. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Rick Cech and Guy Tudor. Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer's Guide. Princeton University Press.Rick Cech and Guy Tudor. Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer's Guide. New paperback edition with corrections, better color printing, and a cover photo by RC. Princeton University Press 2007. 336 pages. Special WorldTwitch Award - Best Butterfly Book to Date. 234 full-page species accounts and accompanying range maps. 735 color photos of butterflies and caterpillars. 215 photos of individual host plants and habitats. Covers the eastern US & Canada. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Hardcover edition (2005): US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP   

Dennis W. Schlicht, John C. Downey & Jeffrey C. Nekola. The Butterflies of Iowa. 252 pages. University of Iowa Press, May 2007. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Carla M. Penz. Heliconius Butterflies and Their Relatives. Interesting family of slow-flying Neotropical butterflies whose larvae feed on highly toxic passion vines and which are often confused with numerous mimics. Princeton University Press. April 2007. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Robert Thompson & Brian Nelson. The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland. 440 pages. Ulster Museum 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Steve Woodhall. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Struik.Steve Woodhall. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. 464 pages. Over 1800 photographs. Struik 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Roland H. Wauer. Finding Butterflies in Texas: A Guide to the Best Sites. 384 pages. Spring Creek Press 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Michael Chinnery. Insects of Britain and Western Europe. Domino Guide.Michael Chinnery. Insects of Britain and Western Europe. Domino Guide. More than 2,000 insects illustrated in color. 320 pages. A&C Black 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Jeffrey C. Miller, Daniel H. Janzen & Winifred Hallwachs. 100 Caterpillars: Portraits from the Tropical Forests of Costa Rica. 300 pages. Belknap Press 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Kim Garwood & Richard Lehman. Butterflies of Northeastern Mexico: Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas: A Photographic Checklist. 2nd edition 2005. 157 plates with more than 1200 color photos. Details.
Charles V. Covell, Jr. A Field Guide to the Moths of Eastern North America.  Reprint of the Houghton Mifflin edition with a new introduction that updates classification and nomenclature. Some plates are not reproduced as well as in the HM edition. Virginia Museum of Natural History 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Michael F. Braby. The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. Steve Parish Publishing.Michael F. Braby. The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. Details (pdf). 320 pages. All 415 recognized Australian species photographed in color. Steve Parish Publishing 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
David L. Pearson, C. Barry Knisley & Charles J. Kazilek. A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the USA and Canada. 288 pages. Oxford University Press 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Torben B. Larsen. The Butterflies of West Africa. 2 volumes. Apollo Books 2005. More than 1,000 pages. 130 color plates illustrating 3,900 individual butterflies. When the author started work on this book ten years ago, it was generally believed that there were about 1,000 species of butterflies in the area from Senegal to the Cameroon border. This book includes 1,450 species. The author has described 100 species new to science. He has tried to cram into the pages his field experiences of walking more than 5,000 km through the best remaining natural habitats in Africa. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Torben B. Larsen. Hazards of Butterfly Collecting. 256 pages. Cravitz Printing Company Ltd 2004. Larsen is the author of Butterflies of Egypt, Butterflies of Kenya, and the forthcoming Butterflies of Western Africa. UK | DE | FR
Paul R. Ehrlich & Ilkka Hanski. On the Wings of Checkerspots: A model system for population biology. About the authors' long-term research on the population biology of checkerspot butterflies in Finland and California. 408 pages. Oxford University Press 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Butterflies of Europe by Tristan LafranchisTristan Lafranchis. Butterflies of Europe. 352 pages. More than 1300 color photographs of living butterflies with Peterson pointers. More than 400 range maps. From the promotional brochure, this appears to the best book to date for identifying European butterflies. Diatheo 2004. UK | FR | JP
Osvaldo R. Di Iorio. A Field Guide of Longhorned Beetles from Argentina (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). 74 color plates illustrating 720 specimens. 192 pages. Details. ISBN: 9474394730.
Marcela Moré, Ian J. Kitching & Andrea A. Cocucci. Sphingidae / Esfíngidos de Argentina / Hawkmoths of Argentina. Details. L.O.L.A. 2005. Covers 106 species. Color photos. Spanish/English text. ISBN: 9509725641.
Gustavo R. Canals. Mariposas de Misiones / Butterflies of Misiones [Argentina]. L.O.L.A. (Literature of Latin America)Gustavo R. Canals. Mariposas de Misiones / Butterflies of Misiones [Argentina]. L.O.L.A. (Literature of Latin America) 2003. Details. 420 pages. 947 photographs and drawings, mostly in color. Spanish/English text. Covers about 400 species. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Gustavo R. Canals. Butterflies of Buenos Aires / Mariposas Bonaerenses. Details. L.O.L.A. 2000. 348 pages. Color plates. Spanish/English text. Covers about 400 species. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Luis Roberto Hernández. Field Guide of Cuban-West Indian Butterflies. 352 pages. 31 color drawings. Zuila University Publishing 2004. US
Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets of the United StatesJohn L. Capinera, Ralph D. Scott & Thomas J. Walker. Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids & Crickets of the United States. 280 pages. Cornell University Press 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Thomas J. Allen, James P. Brock & Jeffrey Glassberg. A Field Guide to Caterpillars. (Butterflies of North America). 224 pages. Oxford University Press 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Marc C. Minno, Jerry F. Butler & Donald W. Hall. Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants. 341 pages. University of Florida Press 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
David L. Wagner. Caterpillars of Eastern North America: A Guide to Identification and Natural History. Covers more than 700 species of butterflies and moths (a tiny fraction of the total). 496 pages. Princeton University Press 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Jeffrey C. Miller & Paul C. Hammond. Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest: Caterpillars and Adults. FHTET-2003-3, December 2003. U.S.D.A. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. 324 pages. Side-by-side color photos of caterpillars and adults of 239 species. Free. Request copies from rreardon [at] fs.fed.us.
David Grimaldi & Michael S. Engel. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press, May 2005. 772 pages. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
John C. Abbott. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States. 360 pages. Princeton University Press 2005. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Ed Lam. Damselflies of the Northeast: A comprehensive identification guide to the damselflies of the Northeast, from Canada to Virginia. Details. 96 pages. Biodiversity Books 2004. ISBN: 0975401505.
Roland H. Wauer. Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. 371 pages. Johnson Books 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Jaret C. Daniels. Butterflies of Florida Field Guide. Adventure Publications 2004. US | UK
Jaret C. Daniels. Butterflies of Ohio Field Guide. 352 pages. Adventure Publications 2004. US | UK
Jaret C. Daniels. Butterflies of the Carolinas Field Guide. 360 pages. Adventure Publications 2004. US | UK
Jaret C. Daniels. Butterflies of Georgia Field Guide. 416 pages. Adventure Publications 2004. US | UK
Jaret C. Daniels. Butterflies of North America (Western Region). DK Publishing 2004. US | UK
Jaret C. Daniels. Butterflies of North America (Eastern Region). DK Publishing 2004. US | UK
Jaret C. Daniels. Butterflies of North America Bindup. DK Publishing 2005. US | UK
Charles Bordelon & Edward Knudson. Improved Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Part I: Butterflies. 2004. 22 plates. Part II: Moths. Available postpaid in the US for $47.50 each from: Texas Lepidoptera Survey, 8517 Burkhart Rd., Houston, TX 77055. (Sample plate from an earlier version of Part I.)
Karen S. Oberhauser & Michelle J. Solensky. The Monarch Butterfly: Biology and Conservation. 256 pages. Cornell University Press 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Lynn & Gene Monroe. Butterflies & Their Favorite Flowering Plants: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Environs, East San Diego County, California. 136 pages. 286 butterfly photos of 134 species. 48 photos of immature stages. 146 photos of food plants. Granite Ridge Nature Institute, 2004.

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