2013, 768 pages, 1671 color photos, illustrations, diagrams, charts, maps. This remarkable volume covers a profusely illustrated 20-year field survey and natural history study of desert insects & other arthropods such as spiders and scorpions of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® in the southern California desert. Almost all of the color photos were taken in the wild in their native habitats. The guide depicts 783 different insects — dragonflies, grasshoppers, katydids, butterflies, moths, wasps, bees, bugs, flies and many others. Also included are 48 other arthropods & snails–scorpions, spiders, harvestmen, millipedes, desert snails, centipedes, mites, fairy shrimp and more.
The book contains a section covering basic insect and arthropod biology, bibliographic references, a plant list of all plants mentioned in the text, an extensive index, and a brief common name index. A concise summary of the survey results for 831 species in 573 genera is included.
Geographic Range — the Colorado Desert division of the Sonoran Desert in southern California into Arizona and Mexico. However, many species occur more widely. Of the named species, 75% also occur in Arizona. Many species also occur in Mexico, especially in Baja California.
Hardcover; 6 x 9″.