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Stephen A. Marshall is a professor of entomology at the University of Guelph, where he developed a major insect collection and carries out research on insect systematics and biodiversity. He has discovered hundreds of new species, several new genera and even two new subfamilies. He is also the author of Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity, a Booklist Editor's Choice Reference selection for 2006.
The quality of the photographs makes this volume a stunning work. The author selected 500 insects from his studies and travels around the planet. Each is presented in a high-quality, full-color, magnified image. These are single-page entries with accompanying information of approximately 100 words or less. The book restricts itself to the class Insecta. The entries are arranged by Insecta's scientific orders. Generic and species names are given in italics.... The eight-page introduction gives information on insect distribution, basic insect biology, collecting and photographing insects, insect structure, and taxonomic names. A small glossary and resources for further research and reading are provided. An index completes the volume. School and public libraries as well as individuals with entomology collections will find the book a welcome addition.-- (01/01/2009) Incorporating several newly identified species, this insect field guide provide single-page entries describing 500 of the world's reported one million recognized varieties. The detail of each full-color, highly magnified photograph is so stunning that, if you're not fond of bugs, it will doubtlessly incite your flight reflex. Nevertheless, the vivid photographic detail is essential to the book's scientific value: nothing is lost in creative translation.... Highly recommended for entomology collections.-- (12/15/2008) Entomologist Stephen A. Marshall offers insect enthusiasts a glimpse of the remarkable diversity in the insect world. It's like going on a bug safari from the comfort of your couch! 500 Insects makes a great gift for anyone who likes bugs, from the natural history buff to the professional entomologist.-- (01/01/2009) Designed primarily to highlight the magnificence of insect diversity rather than to serve as an identification guide, this compact volume presents 500 vivid, close-up photographs of insects.--SciTech Books News (12/01/2009) Terrific... The photos are a pleasure to look at, and the small amount of information given with each adds up to a lot of painless learning. There is a lovely contemplative quality to this work... This would be a great book to have in any elementary school classroom and in any biology or entomology library. It is a good book to buy for the budding young naturalist in your life. It also is an excellent reference work and could be inspiration for artists.-- (06/01/2009)