Insects: A Guide to Familiar American Insects
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Insects: A Guide to Familiar American Insects

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Enjoy and Learn!Expert Knowledge!Easy-to-Read!This handy guide to the most common, important and showy North American insects will help the novice begin a fascinating study. Includes:A key to insect groupsMature and immature formsHow insects grow and develop and what they eatHow to find and observe themFull color pictures, nontechnical language, and up-to-date range maps m...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1956 by Golden Books (first published 1951)
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The purpose of A Guide to Familiar American Insects is to inform. The purpose is made quite clear by the fact that this is a field guide. The theme of insects is the constant need for more information about the most abundant class on land. Zim and Cottam have put together an amazing exposition which has expanded greatly my knowledge of many types of insects. This is one of the best books I have read all school year. I appreciated that many of the larvae were labeled along with their adult forms;...more
For their size and compression of info, the Golden Nature Guides are truly little gems with really good illustrations. You can't go wrong starting here.
R. A. Danger
225 insects from the walking stick to the German cockroach. On some insects all their stages are shown on others just male and female are shown. Some maps of where they use to live and two rulers in back (one cm the other in inches).
Feb 03, 2008 Lafcadio rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lafcadio by: Richard
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Like all Golden Guides, it is way too small a volume for the geographic area covered. Useful as a way to accumulate random knowledge, not useful as a practical field guide.
This is an excellent book for studying insects and for collecting them. I have scanned these pages countless hours and I have my science students use it too.
Fredrick Danysh
Zim has put together a small encyclopedia of insects with descriptions and colored illustrations. It is very suitable for young readers.
Don Gubler
Good simple introduction. Most common insects listed.
Benjamin Plume
I had a big bug phase. This one taught me a lot.
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