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Environmental Education ~ Natural History ~ Natural Resources & Conservation

The Bug Book

- A Guide to the Identification of Common Aquatic Benthic Macroinvertebrate Families of California and Western North America (Second Edition)

by Cyndi Brinkhurst, Susan McCormick, and Sandra Williamson

$125.00 3-Ring Binder
ISBN 0-615328-42-3; 978-0-615328-42-3

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The Bug Book, now in its second edition, is a family level guide to stream macroinvertebrates. The book is an essential tool for volunteers who work in the lab identifying bugs that are key indicators of the environmental health of streams. It contains both full-color and black-and-white line drawings, along with more than 300 photographs. The drawings and photos are essential to clarifying the anatomical details that are most important for identification.

The Bug Book was created with the beginning or intermediate user in mind, and is an essential tool for schools, universities, watershed groups, government organizations, flyfishing and other recreational clubs, and anyone interested in learning to identify the aquatic insects in streams.

The book includes a foreword by Joanne Hild, Executive Director of Friends of Deer Creek, the book's publisher. Also included in the front matter is step-by-step instruction on how to use the guide, basics of biology, classifications of freshwater invertebrates, distributions of benthic macroinvertebrate familes, a benthic macroinvertebrate organization chart, a chart of benthic macroinvertebrate organization: insecta and non-insects (an additional copy of this chart has been laminated and is included in the front binder sleeve), and an order summary.

Ten chapters are divided into color-coded sections. These chapters include: Coleoptera, Diptera, Ephemeroptera, Hemiptera, Lepidoptera, Megaloptera, Odonata, Plecoptera, Trichoptera, and non-insects. Each order within the chapters includes the family name, its number of genera/species found in Western North America and California, its common name, taxonomic characteristics, biological information, either color or black and white drawings, color photographs, and "taxa tips." References and a 73-word glossary complete the book.