Introduction to California Beetles / Edition 1

Introduction to California Beetles / Edition 1

by Arthur V. Evans, James N. Hogue
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520240340

ISBN-13: 9780520240346

Pub. Date: 03/29/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

The amazing armored bodies of beetles allow them to bore into plant tissue, navigate fast-moving streams, burrow through seemingly impenetrable soil, survive blistering heat, and fly. With around 8,000 species living in California, beetles represent the largest and most diverse group of organisms in the state and are an excellent subject for study since they can be

Overview

The amazing armored bodies of beetles allow them to bore into plant tissue, navigate fast-moving streams, burrow through seemingly impenetrable soil, survive blistering heat, and fly. With around 8,000 species living in California, beetles represent the largest and most diverse group of organisms in the state and are an excellent subject for study since they can be found almost everywhere—in backyards, gardens, forests, and deserts. This, the only guide to California beetles available, is the perfect book for anyone—from outdoor enthusiasts to professional biologists—who wants to explore the fascinating world of beetles.
In addition to providing information on where to find and how to study beetles, the book also gives an engaging and accessible overview of their natural history, biology, distribution, and relation to humans.

* 51 color illustrations and supporting black-and-white photographs and drawings identify the characteristics and habits of 23 of the most conspicuous and interesting beetle families in California

* Chapters describe beetles of special interest—fossil species, endangered species, pests, biological control agents, and more

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Includes an annotated list of terrestrial and aquatic beetle habitats by season, information on starting and caring for a beetle collection, details on keeping beetles alive in the classroom, and a checklist of California beetle families

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240346
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/29/2004
Series:
California Natural History Guides Series , #78
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1.A Brief History of Beetle Study in California
2.Form, Diversity, and Classification
3.The Lives of Beetles
4.Distribution of California Beetles
5.Beetles of Special
Interest
6.Common and Conspicuous Families of California Beetles
Ground and Tiger Beetles (Carabidae)
Whirligig Beetles (Gyrinidae)
Predaceous Diving Beetles (Dytiscidae)
Water Scavenger Beetles (Hydrophilidae)
Clown Beetles (Histeridae)
Burying and Carrion Beetles (Silphidae)
Rove Beetles (Staphylinidae)
Rain Beetles (Pleocomidae)
Scarab, Dung, May, and June Beetles and Chafers (Scarabaeidae)
Jewel or Metallic Wood-boring Beetles (Buprestidae)
Click Beetles (Elateridae)
Phengodid Beetles (Phengodidae)
Fireflies and Glowworms (Lampyridae)
Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae)
Skin Beetles (Dermestidae)
Bostrichid Beetles (Bostrichidae)
Checkered Beetles (Cleridae)
Lady Beetles (Coccinellidae)
Darkling Beetles (Tenebrionidae)
Blister Beetles (Meloidae)
Longhorned Wood-boring Beetles (Cerambycidae)
Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)
Weevils and Ambrosia, Bark, or Snout Beetles (Curculionidae)

7.Studying Beetles

Checklist of North American Beetle Families
California's Sensitive Beetles
Collections, Societies, and Other Resources
Selected References

Index

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