Garden Insects of North America The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs

ISBN-10: 0691095612

ISBN-13: 9780691095615

Edition: 2004

Authors: Whitney Cranshaw

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Garden Insects of North Americais 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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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 4.422
Language: English

Photographic Credits
Introduction to Garden Insects and Their Relatives
Hexapod Orders
Identification of Immature Stages of Arthropods
Excreted and Secreted Products Useful in Diagnosing Garden Arthropods and Slugs
Body Parts Useful in Diagnosing Garden Arthropods
Fruit and Foliage Injuries Produced by Arthropods and Slugs
Plant Pathogens Transmitted by Arthropods
Management Principles for Some Garden Pests
Leaf Chewers and Leafminers
Flower, Fruit, and Seed Feeders
Sap Suckers
Gall Makers
Stem, Twig, Branch, and Trunk Damagers
Root, Tuber, and Bulb Feeders
Miscellaneous Garden Insects
Leaf Chewers
Slugs and Snails
Crickets and Katydids
Leafcutter Bees
Conifer Sawflies
Common Sawflies
Slug Sawflies
Other Sawflies
Sod Webworms
Diamondback Moth
Spruce Budworms
Webspinning Sawflies
Tent Caterpillars
Gypsy Moth
Fall Webworm
Tussock Moths and Tiger Moths
Cankerworms, Spanworms, and Inchworms
Cutworms and Armyworms
Hornworms/Sphinx Moths
Prominent Moths
Giant Silkworms/Royal Moths
Slug Caterpillars/Flannel Moths
Whites and Sulfurs
Brushfooted Butterflies
Blister Beetles
Leaf Beetles
Flea Beetles
Mexican Bean Beetle
Leafmining Flies
Leafmining Sawflies
Leafmining Moths
Leafmining Beetles
Flower, Fruit, and Seed Feeders
Flower Thrips
True Bugs That Feed on Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds
Stink Bugs
Other Seed-Feeding Bugs
Fruit Flies
Yellowjackets and Hornets
Caterpillars That Damage Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds
Fruit-Infesting Sawflies
Fruit- and Flower-Infesting Beetles
Sap Beetles and Other Fruit-Damaging Beetles
Fruit, Flower, and Seed Weevils
Sap Suckers
"Woolly" Aphids
Eriococcids, or Feltlike Scales
Cochineal Scales
Soft Scales
Margarodid Scales
Kermes, Pit, and Falsepit Scales
Armored Scales
Squash Bug
Plant Bugs
Chinch Bugs
Stink Bugs
Lace Bugs
Spider Mites
Tarsonemid Mites
False Spider Mites
Rust Mites
Gall Makers
Aphid Galls
Adelgid Galls
Phylloxeran Galls
Psyllid Galls
Gall-Making Flies
Gall Wasps
Eriophyid Mite Galls
Stem and Twig Damagers
Pine Tip Moths
Other Conifer-Tip-Boring Moths
Stem-Boring Moths of Deciduous Trees and Shrubs
Stem-Boring Sawflies
Pith-Nesting Bees and Wasps
Weevil Borers of Terminal Growth
Twig-Feeding Beetles
Twig-Boring Flies
Trunk and Branch Borers
Clearwing Borers
Pyralid Borers
Noctuid Borers
Metallic Wood Borers/Flatheaded Borers
Longhorned Beetles/Roundheaded Borers
Weevil Borers
Bark Beetles
Root, Tuber, and Bulb Feeders
Pillbug and Sowbugs
Root Aphids and Other Sucking Insects
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