Rating Book Information & Reveiw
MH The Kaufman Field Guide to the Insects of North America by Eric R. Eaton and Kenn Kaufman. This volume is my favorite Insect Guide. It must be understood that there are no books that can possibly illustrate the number of insects of North America. There are more than 90,000 known species in the 49 states and Canada. This guide only attempts to identify 2350 of the more common species and this it does well. For the identification of butterflies and moths, I would suggest some of the other books on this list. However for most other common insects, this is a great guide. It is especially valuable in identifying the various flower flies that commonly turn up in images in TSPS contests.--Richard Jones
N2H Simon and Schuster’s Guide to Insects by Dr. Ross H. Arnett, Jr. and Dr. Richard L. Jacques, Jr. This is a reasonably good photographic guide to insects, but with only 350 species it is not as comprehensive as the Kaufman guide. It fills a few voids in the Kaufman guide so it is of some value for dedicated insect photographers.--Richard Jones
N2H A Field Guide to the Insects of America North of Mexico (a Peterson Guide) by Donald J. Borror and Richard E. White. This book covers 579 families of insects plus spiders, scorpions and saltwater arthropods. There are 1300 drawings of which 142 are in color. This volume is good at showing details for species identification but is considerably more difficult to use than some of the other books in this category. It is however very useful in separating similar species.--Richard Jones
MH Caterpillars of Eastern North America by David L. Wagner. This volume allows one to identify the caterpillars of about 700 species of butterflies and moths in the eastern section of North America. While not all-inclusive (there are more than 5,000 species east of the Mississippi River), it does cover the most commonly seen insects in this category.--Richard Jones
MH Butterflies of North America by Jim P. Brock and Kenn Kaufman.  This book has more than 2300 images of butterflies that make identification of a great number of butterflies easy. It also includes range maps. This is a very good guide and easy to use.--Richard Jones
N2H Butterflies through Binoculars (The East) by Jeffery Glassberg.  This guide features 625 common eastern butterflies. This guide provides good life histories of the species.--Richard Jones

Dragonflies through Binoculars by Sidney J. Dunkle. This guide is to only guide I have found that really helps me identify the majority of Dragonflies that I come across in the areas that I photography. MH if you photograph dragonflies. --Richard Jones

Code used evaluating the usefulnes of these books MH – Must Have if you are interested in this subject,
N2H – Nice to have as a supplement,
OK – Okay but either very limited and/or outdated but may be useful if all other guides fail to meet the needs on a specific plant or animal.
NR - Not rated yet - Listed for informational purposes.
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