Field Guide to Beetles of California

Field Guide to Beetles of California

Arthur V. Evans
James N. Hogue
Copyright Date: 2006
Pages: 362
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1pp9kc
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    Field Guide to Beetles of California
    Book Description:

    With perhaps 8,000 different species, beetles are easily the largest group of animals in California and can be found virtually everywhere in the state. They grapple over flower heads, lurk in pantries, paddle through pristine mountain streams, amble over dunes, and buzz about porch lights on warm evenings. But until now, there was no single resource for identifying the most commonly encountered beetles in California's mountains, valleys, and deserts. This valuable field guide, a companion volume toIntroduction to California Beetlespublished in 2004, identifies more than 500 of the state's more conspicuous and colorful species, with the majority presented in stunning color photographs. Written and designed for amateur naturalists, students, and field biologists, it is chock-full of what every beetle watcher wants to know, including suggestions for finding beetles, starting a beetle collection, and keeping beetles in captivity. The informative, accessibly written species accounts include information on beetle identification, natural history, and distribution. * Features 300 color photographs, 110 drawings, and 2 maps * Covers 569 species in 56 families * Lists California's sensitive, threatened, and endangered species * Provides resources and web sites for further study of California beetles

    eISBN: 978-0-520-93922-6
    Subjects: Zoology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 1-28)

    California is home to perhaps 8,000 species of beetles, making them the largest group of animals in the state. In comparison there are only 5,800 species of vascular plants, 547 birds, 186 mammals, 240 butterflies, and 108 dragonflies and damselflies known to occur in California. We still don’t have a complete listing of all the beetles in the state. The sheer number of species, coupled with vast and still unexplored regions awaiting surveys by professional and amateur beetle specialists, continues to present catalogers with considerable challenges.

    Still, beetles are a prominent part of California life, and people who take the...

  5. ILLUSTRATED KEY TO FAMILIES OF CALIFORNIA BEETLES
    (pp. 29-48)

    The following key is designed as a guide to help place some of the more conspicuous species of California beetles in their proper families. By determining the family, or narrowing down the possibilities, you can turn to the appropriate section(s) of the book and compare your specimen with the photos and descriptions. Note that some beetle families are incredibly diverse in form and appear more than once in the key. Also note that it is beyond the scope of this book to provide a comprehensive key that will place all of California’s 8,000 or so beetle species to family. If...

  6. FAMILY ACCOUNTS
    (pp. 49-278)

    A small and unusual family of primitive beetles, the Cupedidae contains only 30 species worldwide. They are considered to be relicts of a once more diverse group of beetles dating back to the Triassic more than 200 million years ago. Their elongate elytra are sculpted with square punctures, a feature that distinguishes this family from all other families of beetles.

    Although uncommon in collections, a few species have been found in numbers in old logs, on dead branches, swarming in the sunlight near dense woods, at lights, or attracted to laundry bleach containing sodium hypochlorite. Both adults and larvae are...

  7. CHECKLIST OF NORTH AMERICAN BEETLE FAMILIES
    (pp. 279-284)
  8. CALIFORNIA’S SENSITIVE BEETLES
    (pp. 285-288)
  9. COLLECTIONS, SOCIETIES, AND OTHER RESOURCES
    (pp. 289-290)
  10. GLOSSARY
    (pp. 291-294)
  11. SELECTED GENERAL REFERENCES
    (pp. 295-298)
  12. ART CREDITS
    (pp. 299-300)
  13. INDEX
    (pp. 301-334)
  14. Back Matter
    (pp. 335-338)
  15. PLATES
    (pp. 339-426)