INHS - Manuals

Illinois Natural History Survey Manuals, (includes field guides, field books, and field manuals), have been published at irregular intervals since 1936. These manuals are field guides that provide detailed descriptions and illustrations of a particular group of organisms, e.g., mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, freshwater mussels, etc. INHS Manuals should fit into a jacket or coat pocket when used in the field. They offer complete species descriptions, including natural history, distribution, and status. Nature lovers, ranging from professional scientists to school children, can make use of these books.






INHS Manual 15: Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest

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Authors: Taylor, Christopher A., Schuster, Guenter A., Wylie, Dan B.
2015, 164 pp.

The Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest is the most up to date reference available for the identification of crayfishes found in aquatic habitats across the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, northern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The Field Guide also includes: distribution maps; a dichotomous and identification key; general information on crayfish biology, conservation, and collecting techniques;and species-specific information on habitat, key identification features, and conservation notes for all species found in this region.



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The spiral bound dichotomous key to Crayfishes of the Midwest is a slightly larger version of the same key found in INHS Manual 15, but lays flat for easy use at a microscope.



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INHS SP 28: The Crayfishes of Kentucky

INHS MAN 15: Field Guide to Crayfishes of the Midwest


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INHS Manual 13: Field Guide to the Sphinx Moths of Illinois


Authors: R. Wiker, James G. Sternburg and John K. Bouseman
2010, 155 p.

Most of us, whether aware of it or not, have had an encounter with a Sphinx Moth. Whether fighting their caterpillars in gardens as they devour the foliage of our tomato plants and grape vines, marveling at their ability to fly like a Hummingbird in all directions as they sip nectar from the flowers along our walkways, or just being amazed at the often beautiful colors and intricate geometric shaped wings of one that landed near a porch light overnight, these beautiful insects are always around us, waiting to be discovered and appreciated This guide treats all species known to have been found and those likely to be found in Illinois and surrounding states. Anatomical drawings, colorful sketches, and abundant color photographs illustrate sphinx moth anatomy, pupation, and species characteristics. As with any facet of science, there is always more work to be done. During the writing of this book, we succeeded in documenting a large breeding population of the Cypress Sphinx in Illinois. No doubt, at some point in the future, one or both Pine Sphinx species will be found as well.


Field Manual of Illinois Mammals

INHS Manual 12: Field Manual of Illinois Mammals

Author: Joyce Hofmann
2008, 358 p.

How many mammal species live in Illinois? It depends on who’s counting. Sixty species are described in this book; each illustrated with a color drawing by artist Aleta Holt. This wonderful publication also contains dichotomous keys, species accounts, taxonomy, measurements, skull photographs, signs (generalized shapes of front and hind tracks and scat illustrations), and distribution maps. It has to be seen to be appreciated.



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INHS Manual 10: Field Guide to Silkmoths of Illinois

Authors: J. Bouseman and J. Sternburg
2002, 97 p.

In this book we treat the often spectacularly large and beautiful moths known as the imperial moths or silkmoths. Both the adults and larvae of those insects have long attracted the attention of naturalists, scientists, artists, schoolchildren, and people in general. This comprehensive treatment provides accounts of 19 species. Each account contains a concise discussion of the distinguishing characteristics and natural history of each species, all illustrated by more than 175 stunning color photographs and distribution maps.


Water Fowl of Illinois

INHS Manual 07: Waterfowl of Illinois: Abbreviated Field Guide


Author: Stephen P. Havera
1999, 80 pp.

Although its landscapes have changed dramatically in the past two centuries, Illinois still hosts significant numbers of waterfowl and other waterbirds, especially during fall and spring migrations. There is an indescribable lure about waterfowl that captures our interest, whether we are birdwatchers, conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, or hunters. We want to know what kinds of waterfowl frequent our state, when, where, how many, what they eat, where they nest, and what we can do to enjoy or help them.

This abbreviated guide was produced to provide selected highlights from its companion volume, Waterfowl of Illinois: Status and Management and is not an all-inclusive examination of the natural history of the species of waterfowl frequenting Illinois. This book is illustrated with color photographs of the waterfowl that inhabit Illinois as well as some of the plants upon which these birds feed.


Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles

INHS Manual 06: Field Guide to Northeastern Longhorned Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Author: Douglas Yanega
1996, 184 pp.

The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, are one of the larger insect families, with some 20,000 described species (and thousands more undescribed) worldwide, from all continents except Antarctica. The large size and variety of coloration and sculpture of longhorned beetles make them a relatively easy group of insects to identify, especially considering the number of species (some 1,100 species estimated in North America excluding Mexico); this guide attempts to exploit this. This guide includes over 600 color images, covering 342 of the 344 species and subspecies of longhorned beetles that have been definitively recorded in northeastern North America, along with diagnostic features to enable recognition of all these species, as well as data on distribution, phenology, and larval feeding habits.



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