Meet the Beetles

From Beetles of Eastern North AmericaGranted, Beetles of Eastern North America (pictured here: the mouthparts of a specimen from the leaf beetle family, Chrysomelidae) won’t be for everyone. But anyone east of the Mississippi with more than a passing interest in insects will want a copy. Now. Author Arthur V. Evans and his publisher (Princeton) have documented the impressive range of size, shape, color and behavior of these ubiquitous outdoor companions, with striking pictures and detailed descriptions of more than 1,400 species in 560 pages, and they’ve kept it all, miraculously, under 40 dollars (paper).