RE: NANFA-- water bugs

Denkhaus, Robert (
Thu, 5 Dec 2002 09:17:37 -0600

I'll second Jeremy's recommendation as to the quality and usefulness of this
book but it has the following drawbacks IMHO:

1) It's expensive. I think I paid $90 new a few years ago.
2) It's big. It's certainly not a pocket guide.
3) It's spiral bound form is not real conducive to heavy field abuse.

Of course if you are looking for books on aquatic inverts of all kinds, you
can't forget Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States. However,
it doesn't fit the pocket guide description either.

To meet the pocket guide demand, I recommend the Golden Guide "Pond Life".
While simplistic, this little guide has always been very useful to me and for
$5-6, you can afford to replace it occasionally.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

> Merritt and Cummins - 1996 - An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects
> of North American. It is a great book with lots of useful info.
> >Does anyone have a good resource book/journal describing water bugs,
> >larvae, worms, etc. I'd really like to have a source that has
> >illustrations or photographs & at minimum lists whether the bug is
> >predatory or not. Also, I'd prefer that it not be some thick,
> >'scientific' tome; instead, something like a pocket guide. Thanks
> >in advance for any help.
> >
> >Bruce Scott
> >Meridian, Idaho
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