500 Insects: A Visual Reference

Firefly. (Firefly Visual Reference). Apr. 2024. 528p. ISBN 9780228104940. pap. $24.95. REF
Dartmouth Medal–winning entomologist Marshall (emeritus, Univ. of Guelph, Ontario) provides a highly informative glimpse into the complex world of insects. His expertise—he’s written over 200 papers on insect systematics and biodiversity—is evident as he presents a selection of 500 intriguing insect species, curated from his extensive travels across the globe. Full-color photographs capture insects in their natural habitats, unveiling the diversity of these often-misunderstood creatures. From newly discovered species to familiar ones, this book pays strong attention to details and vividly spotlights insects from North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and beyond. While primarily a visual feast, this book also serves as an educational resource that offers insight into insect biology and taxonomy. This volume is not intended as an identification guide. Instead, it’s an enhancement to learning more about entomology at a practical level. The book includes an index, recommended reading, and a short glossary, all of which boost its utility for both enthusiasts and scholars.
VERDICT This recommended, engaging, visual reference fosters a distinctive way to learn more about the world of insects. The book’s color photographs enrich the reading experience.
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