315 pages, 33 plates with colour photos; b/w distribution maps
More than 2 600 species of tiger beetles are found all over the world. In North America there are 116 species of tiger beetle, divided into 153 geographically distinct races. Detailed studies of their natural history, population dynamics, communities, patterns of worldwide species richness, and taxonomy of particular subgroups have produced much information. Tiger beetles are among the most widely investigated groups of insects, especially in terms of their ecology and geographic distribution.
The first edition of A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada, published in 2005, has served as a field and natural-history guide to all known species of tiger beetles found in North America above the Mexican border. The 2nd edition is a pleasant and comprehensible handbook of the identification, distribution, natural history, and habitat details of the 116 species of tiger beetles in North America. The updated handbook provides new information including observations of seasonality, range extensions and biology, a newly developed list of common names, and twenty-five artistically pleasing identification colour plates. The second edition of A Field Guide to the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada provides essential information to recognize and easily identify tiger beetles for established naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Chp. 1 - The Magic of Tiger Beetles
Chp. 2 - How to Recognize a Tiger Beetle
Chp. 3 - Phylogeny and Taxonomy
Chp. 4 - Illustrated Keys to Adult Genera and Species
Chp. 5 - Identification of Tiger Beetle Larvae
Chp. 6 - Species Accounts
Chp. 7 - Ecology and Behavior
Chp. 8 - Conservation
Chp. 9 - Observing and Studying Tiger Beetles
Checklist of the Tiger Beetles of the United States and Canada
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David L. Pearson is Research Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. C. Barry Knisley is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Randolph-Macon College. Charles J. Kazilek is a Research Professor at Arizona State University.