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Pacific Northwest Insects
by Merrill Peteson
A GROUNDBREAKING FIELD GUIDE FEATURING MORE THAN 1225 INSECT SPECIES WITH PHOTOGRAPHS AND DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS BASED ON AN EXHAUSTIVE STUDY BY ONE OF THE REGION’S INSECT EXPERTS
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“Accurate identification of our local insects becomes practical for the first time, thanks to this splendid book from one of our foremost ecologists and educators.” – Robert Michael Pyle, Ph.D., Founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and author of The Butterflies of Cascadia, Wintergreen, and others.
"With stunning photos and informative text on the identification and natural history of the region’s diverse insects, this easy-to-use book is a must-have for all field naturalists.”– Dennis Paulson, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, Slater Museum of Natural History (University of Puget Sound) and author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West
Pacific Northwest Insects is a major breakthrough in field guides - the first ever to enable readers to easily and accurately identify more than 1225 species across the breadth of insect diversity – in this or any other region. Engaging and accessible, the book was a fourteen year labor of love for the author, Dr. Merrill A. Peterson, Professor and Chair of Biology and Insect Collection Curator at Western Washington University. The book’s coverage ranges from southern British Columbia through Washington, Oregon, to California’s Bay Area and east through Idaho and western Montana. To write the book, Peterson traveled the region taking photographs of live insects, tracking species down whether he had to hike snowfields or stand in swamps or crawl through fields. He also studied thousands of insect specimens at museums. Fascinated with insects since childhood, Peterson received his B.S. from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. from Cornell. His natural history photographs have been featured in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and many other places. He is also an adjunct professor in the Entomology Department at Washington State University.
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