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Common Insects of Texas and Surrounding States

Common Insects of Texas and Surrounding States
A Field Guide

In this vividly illustrated field guide, two leading entomologists use their combined fifty-six years of fieldwork to present the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to Texas's insects.

Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Endowment

October 2020
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448 pages | 5.5 x 8.5 | 2,700 color photographs |

Thanks to its size and geographic position, Texas is home to nearly 30,000 species of insects, likely making its insect population the most diverse in the nation. Ranging from eastern and western to temperate and tropical species, this vast array of insects can be difficult to identify. In Common Insects of Texas and Surrounding States, John and Kendra Abbott have created the state's most comprehensive field guide to help readers recognize and understand these fascinating creatures.

Containing 1,300 species and more than 2,700 photographs, this guide offers a wealth of information about the characteristics and behaviors of Texas's insects. Each chapter introduces an order with a discussion of general natural history and a description of other qualities helpful in distinguishing its various species, while every species' entry provides a state map showing where it is most likely to be found, a key displaying its seasonal distribution, information about its habitat, and corresponding photos. Featuring colored tabs for quick reference, a glossary, and information about other arthropods, this guide is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to identify and learn more about the many insects of Texas.

  • Key to Color Groupings
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
    • Classification and Nomenclature
    • What Is an Insect?
    • Insect Diversity
    • Insect Growth and Development
    • Studying Insects
    • Endangered Arthropods in Texas
    • How to Use This Guide
  • Insects of Texas
    • Springtails (Collembola)
    • Two-pronged Bristletails (Diplura)
    • Bristletails (Archaeognatha)
    • Silverfish (Zygentoma)
    • Mayflies (Ephemeroptera)
    • Dragonflies & Damselflies (Odonata)
    • Stoneflies (Plecoptera)
    • Caddisflies (Trichoptera)
    • Earwigs (Dermaptera)
    • Webspinners (Embiidina)
    • Angel Insects (Zoraptera)
    • Barklice, Booklice, and True Lice (Psocodea)
    • Thrips (Thysanoptera)
    • Fleas (Siphonaptera)
    • Twisted-winged Parasites (Strepsiptera)
    • Grasshoppers, Katydids & Crickets (Orthoptera)
    • Walkingsticks (Phasmida)
    • Mantids (Mantodea)
    • Cockroaches (Blattodea)
    • Termites (Blattodea)
    • True Bugs (Hemiptera)
    • Lacewings, Antlions & Allies (Neuroptera)
    • Alderflies, Dobsonflies & Fishflies (Megaloptera)
    • Snakeflies (Raphidioptera)
    • Scorpionflies & Hangingflies (Mecoptera)
    • Beetles (Coleoptera)
    • Flies (Diptera)
    • Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
    • Ants, Bees, Wasps & Sawflies (Hymenoptera)
    • Other Arthropods (Arachnids, Crustaceans & Myriapods)
  • Additional Resources
  • Photographic Credits
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • About the Authors

John Abbott is Chief Curator and Director of Museum Research and Collections at the University of Alabama. Kendra Abbott is a research scientist in the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama.


“Expertly written and beautifully illustrated, this exceptional book will be of interest to both professional and beginning naturalists.”
Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University


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