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Insects (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)

Insects (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press) Lowest new price: $3.99
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Author: Clarence Cottam
Brand: Golden Guides

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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 groups
Mature and immature forms
How insects grow and develop and what they eat
How to find and observe them

Full color pictures, nontechnical language, and up-to-date range maps make this a gem of a guide for beginners at any age.

Features:

  • Contains listings for 225 species which are grouped by order
  • Includes range maps and an index of scientific names
  • 160 pages book, paperback

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The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally

The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally Lowest new price: $55.00
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Author: Michael Bush

This book is about how to keep bees in a natural and practical system where they do not require treatments for pests and diseases and only minimal interventions. It is also about simple practical beekeeping. It is about reducing your work. It is not a main-stream beekeeping book. Many of the concepts are contrary to "conventional" beekeeping. The techniques presented here are streamlined through decades of experimentation, adjustments and simplification. The content was written and then refined from responding to questions on bee forums over the years so it is tailored to the questions that beekeepers, new and experienced, have. It is divided into three volumes and this edition contains all three: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.

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Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition

Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture, 2nd Edition Lowest new price: $21.63
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Author: Ross Conrad
Brand: Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

Today's beekeepers face unprecedented challenges, a fact that is now front-page news with the spread of "colony collapse disorder." Newly introduced pests like varroa and tracheal mites have made chemical treatment of hives standard practice, but pest resistance is building, which in turn creates demand for new and even more toxic chemicals. In fact, there is evidence that chemical treatments are making matters worse.

It's time for a new approach. Now revised and updated with new resources and including full-color photos throughout, Natural Beekeeping offers all the latest information in a book that has already proven invaluable for organic beekeepers. The new edition offers the same holistic, sensible alternative to conventional chemical practices with a program of natural hive management, but offers new sections on a wide range of subjects, including:

  • The basics of bee biology and anatomy
  • Urban beekeeping
  • Identifying and working with queens
  • Parasitic mite control
  • Hive diseases

Also, a completely new chapter on marketing provides valuable advice for anyone who intends to sell a wide range of hive products.Ross Conrad brings together the best "do no harm" strategies for keeping honeybees healthy and productive with nontoxic methods of controlling mites; eliminating American foulbrood disease without the use of antibiotics; selective breeding for naturally resistant bees; and many other detailed management techniques, which are covered in a thoughtful, matter-of-fact way.

Whether you are a novice looking to get started with bees, an experienced apiculturist looking for ideas to develop an integrated pest-management approach, or someone who wants to sell honey at a premium price, this is the book you've been waiting for.

Features:

  • Ships from Vermont

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Spiders and Their Kin: A Fully Illustrated, Authoritative and Easy-to-Use Guide (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)

Spiders and Their Kin: A Fully Illustrated, Authoritative and Easy-to-Use Guide (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press) Lowest new price: $4.76
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Author: Herbert W. Levi

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This introduction to the diverse yet little known world of spiders is packed with concise, accurate information. With full-color pictures and readable text, this guide identifies representative species and describes:
Their characteristics and habits
Growth, courtship and enemies
Where they are found

Includes information on poisonous species and how to collect, preserve, and raise spiders.

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Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide (Princeton Field Guides)

Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide (Princeton Field Guides) Lowest new price: $11.40
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Author: Paul H. Williams

More than ever before, there is widespread interest in studying bumble bees and the critical role they play in our ecosystems. Bumble Bees of North America is the first comprehensive guide to North American bumble bees to be published in more than a century. Richly illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, range maps, and graphs of seasonal activity patterns, this guide allows amateur and professional naturalists to identify all 46 bumble bee species found north of Mexico and to understand their ecology and changing geographic distributions.

The book draws on the latest molecular research, shows the enormous color variation within species, and guides readers through the many confusing convergences between species. It draws on a large repository of data from museum collections and presents state-of-the-art results on evolutionary relationships, distributions, and ecological roles. Illustrated keys allow identification of color morphs and social castes.

A landmark publication, Bumble Bees of North America sets the standard for guides and the study of these important insects.

  • The best guide yet to the 46 recognized bumble bee species in North America north of Mexico
  • Up-to-date taxonomy includes previously unpublished results
  • Detailed distribution maps
  • Extensive keys identify the many color patterns of species

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Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species

Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species Lowest new price: $18.38
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Author: Noah Charney
Brand: Brand: Stackpole Books

2012 Choice Magazine academic book award winner (zoology)

The first-ever reference to the sign left by insects and other North American invertebrates includes descriptions and almost 1,000 color photos of tracks, egg cases, nests, feeding signs, galls, webs, burrows, and signs of predation. Identification is made to the family level, sometimes to the genus or species. It's an invaluable guide for wildlife professionals, naturalists, students, and insect specialists.

  • Beetles, spiders, ants, flies, butterflies, mayflies, dragonflies, earwigs, crickets, grasshoppers, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, snails, earthworms, lacewings, wasps, damselflies, slugs, and alderflies

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    • Used Book in Good Condition

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  • The Bee: A Natural History

    The Bee: A Natural History Lowest new price: $14.12
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    Author: Noah Wilson-Rich
    Brand: Princeton University Press
    Model: PR9780691161358

    Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive. Bees are crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants, and the economic contributions of these irreplaceable insects measure in the tens of billions of dollars each year. Yet bees are dying at an alarming rate, threatening food supplies and ecosystems around the world. In this richly illustrated natural history of the bee, Noah Wilson-Rich and his team of bee experts provide a window into the vitally important role that bees play in the life of our planet.

    Earth is home to more than 20,000 bee species, from fluorescent-colored orchid bees and sweat bees to flower-nesting squash bees and leaf-cutter bees. This book takes an incomparable look at this astounding diversity, blending an engaging narrative with practical, hands-on discussions of such topics as beekeeping and bee health. It explores our relationship with the bee over evolutionary time, delving into how it came to be, where it stands today, and what the future holds for humanity and bees alike.

    • Provides an accessible, illustrated look at the human–bee relationship over time
    • Features a section on beekeeping and handy go-to guides to the identification, prevention, and treatment of honey bee diseases
    • Covers bee evolution, ecology, genetics, and physiology
    • Includes a directory of notable bee species
    • Presents a holistic approach to bee health, including organic and integrated pest management techniques
    • Shows what you can do to help bee populations

    Features:

    • Princeton University Press

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    The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Insects: A Natural History and Identification Guide to Beetles, Flies, Bees, wasps, Springtails, Mayflies, ... Crickets, Bugs, Grasshoppers, Fleas, Spide

    The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Insects: A Natural History and Identification Guide to Beetles, Flies, Bees, wasps, Springtails, Mayflies, ... Crickets, Bugs, Grasshoppers, Fleas, Spide Lowest new price: $17.99
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    Author: Martin Walters
    Brand: Brand: Anness

    This beautifully illustrated book provides an overview of the world of insects. The encyclopedia of insect species is organized according to geographical region and then by insect order.

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    • Used Book in Good Condition

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    Critical Critters

    Critical Critters Lowest new price: $26.00
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    Author: Ralph Steadman

    Following on from Extinct Boids and Nextinction, Critical Critters is the third in this epic trilogy of books dedicated to extinct and critically endangered animals from cartoonist Ralph Steadman and film-maker Ceri Levy--the GONZOVATIONISTS.

    Expect plenty more of what made the first two books so successful--unpredictable nonsense beasts, irreverent jokes, a diary-style record of the creative mayhem, and around 100 spectacular illustrations by Ralph of critically endangered mammals, insects, fish, lizards, and trees--a stunning collection, with a serious conservation message.

    Ceri's humorous but meaningful message accompanied by Ralph's sensational paintings will satisfy art-lovers and conservationists alike.

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    Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)

    Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.) Lowest new price: $21.59
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    Author: Lynn Frierson Faust
    Brand: Frierson Faust Lynn

    Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs is the first-ever comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central United States and Canada. As an independent researcher working with numerous university teams, naturalist Lynn Frierson Faust, “The Lightning Bug Lady,” has spent decades tracking the behavior and researching the habitats of these fascinating creatures.

    Based on her twenty-five years of fieldwork, this book is intended to increase understanding and appreciation of bioluminescent insects while igniting enthusiasm in a fun and informative way. Species accounts are coupled with historical backgrounds and literary epigraphs to engage and draw readers young and old into the world of these tiny sparklers. A chart documenting the flash patterns of the various species will aid in identification.

    Clear photos illustrate the insects’ distinguishing physical characteristics, while habitats, seasonality, and common names are provided in easy-to-understand yet scientifically accurate language. The guide will be welcomed by everyone who wants to learn more about fireflies’ and glow-worms’ unique traits and fragile niche in the ecosystem.

    Features:

    Over 600 color photographs

    Detailed accounts and anatomical diagrams of 75+ species, as well as aids in distinguishing between similar species

    A first-of-its-kind flash-pattern chart that folds out on heavy-weight paper

    Extensive scientific details written in an understandable and engaging way

    Colorful common names―Twilight Bush Baby, Shadow Ghosts, Snappy Syncs, and more―for easy species identification based on flash patterns

    Tips on ideal sites and times of year for firefly watching

    Conservation-oriented approach

    Features:

    • Fireflies Glow Worms and Lightning Bugs Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada

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