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Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans

Honorable Mention for the 2015 National Outdoor Book Awards, Nature Guidebooks, NOBA Foundation

Paperback | 2014 | $35.00 | £27.95 | ISBN: 9780691133041
560 pp. | 8 x 10 | 1,500+ color illus. 31 line illus.
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Beetles of Eastern North America is a landmark book--the most comprehensive full-color guide to the remarkably diverse and beautiful beetles of the United States and Canada east of the Mississippi River. It is the first color-illustrated guide to cover 1,406 species in all 115 families that occur in the region--and the first new in-depth guide to the region in more than forty years. Lavishly illustrated with over 1,500 stunning color images by some of the best insect photographers in North America, the book features an engaging and authoritative text by noted beetle expert Arthur Evans.

Extensive introductory sections provide essential information on beetle anatomy, reproduction, development, natural history, behavior, and conservation. Also included are tips on where and when to find beetles; how to photograph, collect, and rear beetles; and how to contribute to research. Each family and species account presents concise and easy-to-understand information on identification, natural history, collecting, and geographic range. Organized by family, the book also includes an illustrated key to the most common beetle families, with 31 drawings that aid identification, and features current information on distribution, biology, and taxonomy not found in other guides.

An unmatched guide to the rich variety of eastern North American beetles, this is an essential book for amateur naturalists, nature photographers, insect enthusiasts, students, and professional entomologists and other biologists.

  • Provides the only comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible full-color treatment of the region's beetles
  • Covers 1,406 species in all 115 families east of the Mississippi River
  • Features more than 1,500 stunning color images from top photographers
  • Presents concise information on identification, natural history, collecting, and geographic range for each species and family
  • Includes an illustrated key to the most common beetle families


"If you are interested in beetles, then this is a must have."--Roberta Gibson, Wild about Ants

"Few entomologists are also skilled at writing for a general audience, but Evans makes it seem effortless. He has a real gift for simplifying concepts so that they are not intimidating to an amateur naturalist yet not condescending to veteran entomologists. The introductory section is as well-illustrated as the remainder of the book, and explains many puzzling physical features of beetles. . . . In short, this is the most compact, affordable, comprehensive, and useful beetle book to come along since I can't remember when."--Bug Eric

"'Beetle-maniacs' will adore this beautifully illustrated, comprehensive volume written by the renowned entomologist Arthur Evans. Those who don't realize beetles are such a fascinating topic will be happily surprised."--Catriona Tudor Erler, New York Journal of Books

"Anyone east of the Mississippi with more than a passing interest in insects will want a copy. Now."--Bill Cannon, Scientist's Bookshelf

"Stunning."--Dan Tallman's Bird Blog

"Beetles of Eastern North America is an excellent book that will be much loved by field naturalists and entomologists alike, especially given its very modest price."--Robert F. Foster, Canadian Field-Naturalist

"This guide is detailed, easy to use and nicely illustrated. It will open your eyes to these interesting little creatures, many of which are stunningly colorful and beautiful."--R. E. H., Wildlife Activist


"This outstanding book will serve beginning beetle enthusiasts and serious natural historians for years to come. No other book comes close in terms of comprehensiveness. Evans is an expert on beetles and entomology, and this guide reflects his extensive knowledge and experience."--Christopher Carlton, director of the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum

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Subject Areas:


Beetle Anatomy
Beetle Anatomy
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Hypognathous mouthparts
Hypognathous mouthparts
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Body shapes
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