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Stephen A. Marshall is a professor of entomology in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, Ontario. He has discovered hundreds of taxa new to science and published over 200 papers on insect systematics and biodiversity. When he is not working in the University of Guelph Insect Collection (Canada's oldest insect collection) he can usually be found in his bug-rich backyard on the banks of the Grand River near his hometown.
Beetles are everywhere, an unsurprising fact when we consider they are one of the most common living things on Earth. Marshall provides broad and specific details about beetles around the world. He also shares his own experiences in this first-person narrative. Part 1 considers beetles in general--their biology and history--while the second part examines beetles throughout the world and how they differ... Those interested in learning to identify beetles will find the volume extremely helpful. Chapters seven through ten break down beetles into family groups, with plenty of photographs illustrating the groups described. The end material, which includes information on collecting and preserving beetles, also provides thoughtful tips for photographing them. As the author is also the photographer of many of the pictures featured, the advice is welcome. For educated, devoted entomologists.-- (11/01/2018) This comprehensive, hefty, and detailed overview of beetles introduces readers to the history, habits, and habitats of the order Coleoptera. More than half the book is devoted to a family-by-family profile of the various species. For the armchair enthusiast and general collector, the book includes a chapter on how to collect, preserve, and photograph beetles. Also included is a key that provides images along with features to aid in identifying specific beetle species. Detailed information is interspersed with funny anecdotes by the author, including the fact that the U.S. was accused of using beetles as weapons of war during the WWII, and the requisite reference to the Beatles. A section on beetles in literature is also included. The text is replete with well-annotated images and stunning pictures and concludes with a list of references, further readings, and a thorough index. Marshall's (Flies, 2012) work is certain to appeal to, engage, and inform anyone with an interest in entomology, especially in public libraries.--Maren Ostergard Booklist (12/01/2018) One can open this book anywhere in the almost 800 pages and be met with beautiful photographs of beetles, many of them taken in the field; alone, these would make the book a centrepiece on any naturalist's coffee table. However, the huge volume of information in the text will make this a go-to reference book for even the most ardent coleopteris... A book of this quality and magnitude is rare; there should be no second thoughts about getting this for yourself or other insect enthusiast.-- (04/01/2018) With almost 400,000 known species, beetles (order Coleoptera) represent the largest and most diverse group of living animals. As Marshall (Univ. of Guelph) emphasizes, the life histories and survival strategies of these remarkable insects are highly varied and intriguing. In this celebration of beetle diversity, he gathers together a wealth of information about these fascinating insects. Following a general discussion on fundamental aspects of beetle biology, Marshall examines the numerous families and subfamilies of beetles. Consideration is given to evolutionary relationships among different groups and to select features of natural history. Discussion is global in scope, with representative examples of fascinating lifestyles drawn from around the world. Marshall does an excellent job highlighting the rich diversity of these insects. An illustrated key to the major families of beetles is a useful addition. A brief discussion on collecting and photographing beetles is also included. This interesting, well-written volume is richly illustrated with thousands of high-quality photographs. Jargon is kept to a minimum, making the book largely accessible to general readers. It will be of considerable value to both professional and amateur entomologists, as well as to anyone with a serious interest in beetles. Summing up: Essential. All readers.-- (03/01/2019) My first reaction to receiving this volume is that it is a very weighty tome... But, on opening the pages, I realised that it is the extravaganza of stunning colour images of beetles from around the planet that is the real weight of this remarkable book. Lavish illustration on this scale is amazing... This book is however not just about its images. It provides a comprehensive overview of the world's beetles. It is a remarkable introduction to the wealth of beetles that our planet has to offer.-- (12/01/2018)